I recently heard of the Playing For Change project through a friend. After listening to the same clip on YouTube over and over for hours, I ordered the CD/DVD set. Let me just say that this is an absolutely beautiful collection of songs and a brilliant concept.
Here is a brief introduction to the concept:
The InspirationPlaying for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.
You can find more information here: http://www.playingforchange.com/journey/introduction
As many of you know, I often talk about love. This world often seems so devoid of it. How much could we change the world if we truly loved one another as we are loved? If we celebrated our connections rather than our differences? It may be cliche, but love truly does build bridges.
In my community, there are children and young adults dying daily simply because they believe they have no worth. Broken homes, poverty, crime, and unemployment surround them. These souls turn, in some instances, to gangs for a sense of family, prostitution for "love", and stealing or begging for food.
An entire generation is being lost. We're losing our children.
Unfortunately, we do the same to our elders when we show them through our actions that they are used up and have nothing left to offer. I can't tell you how many times I sat bored through the telling of one of my grandfather's stories when I was younger. Now I would give anything just to hear his voice again.
How different things could be if we simply took the time to be truly engaged in caring for one another. Does saying hello, listening to a story we've heard a thousand times before, asking an elder for advice, or showing a child something new and sharing their wonder really take that much time? What about the friend we haven't called in weeks or months?
That we should all be rescued by love, live in one love, and have someone to stand by us is my most fervent wish.
What will you do to show your love today? Not just for those in your inner circle, but for those in your neighborhood, your community, or for a stranger.
I can't wait to hear your stories.