173. Planting Seeds of Hope
Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up! Being carriers of hope means we live it; it lives with us. It asks us to find the courage every day, even as the world comes undone before our very eyes. It is the courage to look at the disheartening realities of the 21st century straight in the face and say ~ “You cannot crush my spirit!”
Cynicism and dismissal have no place here. This is about being safe handlers of life. Planting the seeds of hope in young lives begins here.
The song Wild and Free beacons hope. Its curriculum faces the reasons for endangered species and extinction head on. It speaks of the natural human instinct to care, to be guardians of the innocent. Those instincts are alive and well in children, hopefully never to be over-ridden.
The affinity a young life feels for animals is instructive into our human character and inner life. Habits and habitats are planetary wonders to behold.
The greatest defiance is hope. All the greed and deception, ignorance and exploitation in the world cowers in the presence of the irrepressible fire of hope. As a parent or a teacher, we can ever-so gently kindle those fires in the young.
In this light, we give the song, Wild and Free.