“Trust each other again and again. When the trust level gets high enough, people transcend apparent limits, discovering new and awesome abilities for which they were previously unaware.” ~ David Armistead – Professor
A child is born with a knowing, an inherent trust, a love that is either both reinforced and nurtured, or stunted, unmet or even denied. A child is born with the capacity of encompassing complete and utter trust for everyone and anything. Its faith is birthed with its inception; it’s first heartbeat and breath. If a child is raised with a family that has reinforced this preexisting state, this inherent trust then the child will live, move, act through this belief system, for it is given no other reason to believe otherwise. I was reminded of this while playing games with my baby cousin of 18 months. It became apparent to me that no matter what, she knew I would catch her, as she would leap into my arms off the bed. Even with my back turned and in running distance, she knew I would do absolutely anything possible to be there as she leaped forward. She never expected anything less. She trusts me with her life completely. This kind of love reaches deeper then any root, stretches farther then any horizon and lasts far beyond any one lifetime.
What of the kids that have never had this reinforcement? Those who do not know what it feels like to have a love and trust behind them, to know that if they jump and when they jump there will be someone there to catch them no matter what. Through my work I have observed the life of children who were never given a chance. Whose pure and inherent trust was lost, when the hands expected to catch them, did not. On the streets we see it all of the time. I have had this discussion many times, it seems we are always privy to public displays and situations where children are being mistreated, yelled at, and cursed at, spoken down to, beat, and much worse. Many times these children are less then 8 years old. If these parents are performing and treating their children this way publicly, can you even dare to imagine what goes on in their private lives? Freighting. The hurt, embarrassment and long term emotional damage is inescapable in these cases and leads to a future string of emotional and physical abuse for the innocent who have no idea how to process such harsh mistreatment and injustice.
We are the builders of our children, our children’s children and all of those connected. We are co-creators of their character, their judgment of themselves and others, their measure and value, we help to create the system in which they use to walk through their lives and most importantly we help to build their beliefs and experiences of love and trust, not only for themselves but for all those around them. It is our responsibility, and what many refuse to acknowledge, our privilege to nurture and raise each child with the knowing that they are eternally loved and capable of absolutely everything.
When we choose love, we are actively building a nation of children that will help to end ailments, war and many other injustices. What so many choose to ignore is that, it starts with us. People find it hard to conceive that we hold that much power, but we do. These innocent, trusting children are built with everything needed to come out as pure light, loving to the up most capacity. It is up to us to hold that light and love for them so that they can reach higher and go further then all who have come before them.
We hold the power, I trust you, I trust that you will do the right thing and love each child wholeheartedly.
“When a family is free of abuse and oppression, it can be the place where we share our deepest secrets and stand the most exposed, a place where we learn to feel distinct without being “better,” and sacrifice for others without losing ourselves.” ~ Letty Cottin Pogrebin – Editor, Writer
Please, if you ever witness any injustice towards any child, report it, you will be saving lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Links below to those helping fight and save our children:
Love and light,