Abbess Fu Schroeder, of the Green Gulch Zen center wrote “We are not like-minded but we are like-hearted….take that to the streets and make that our world”.
Teams, groups, families, communities often notice their differences. Celebrating differences is actually a strength. Yet often, we let our differences divide us rather than bring us together. The challenge is to recognize that we are indeed NOT like minded yet we are like-hearted. That is indeed a strength.
What does like-hearted look and sound like in your community or organization? Perhaps it begins with learning to look for hope. Getting clear about what we mean by hope is a challenge and yet that there are so many small glimmers of hope if we look. It’s like looking at a reflection of a mountain in pond. If we look carefully at the reflection, we see so many new features of the mountain we had not noticed before.
Holding on to hope allows us to come together as “like hearted” colleagues and citizens of the world. I started collecting stories of hope after the 9-11 tragedy. I’ve since then collected words, wisdom and stories that are hopeful. This exercise has helped me to see that while we may not be like minded, we are like hearted. Recent “like-hearted” events that may give hope are:
- Over 600 clergy from all faiths gathered in North Dakota to serve witness to the Standing Rock Sioux. They did not come to be activists, they came to hold witness and be present.
- Poet and Teacher Clint Smith shares inspiring poems and words encouraging his readers and students to “tell your truth.”
- Families across America came together on Thanksgiving and were able to put aside their politics and come together as a family united, not divided. In addition, thousands of people volunteered to serve hot meals to people who did not have access to a Thanksgiving meal.
- Children across the country are sending letters to the leaders of our nation to be kind.
- After the Ohio State campus attack this week, a Muslim student expressed his concern for his fellow Muslims on campus. Despite his fears of retaliation against himself and his fellow Muslims, he said he would return to class and “Stand in Love”.
Where have you seen hope in the words of like-hearted friends? family? colleagues? “Like-Minded” may not actually be the goal. Building common ground through “Like-Hearted” may be what we should “take to the streets and make our world”