While the rock garden needs little care – no water or sunlight required here – it does a whole lot to care for us. Every time we walk by it, we have the opportunity to reminisce, taking in the full bounty of the milestones in our garden.
Those of us focused on strengthening connection and ameliorating the effects of loneliness and isolation must widen the aperture by finding common cause with people working to solve adjacent but overlapping challenges.
“Here is another way to live a life rooted in love and care” was a reoccurring thought in my head as Courtney led listeners through in-depth conversations with the wise unknowns.
The value of diversity does not come from huddling with your own group. Rather, it comes from engaging with those who are different from you. The whole community benefits when you make that effort to engage.
International conflicts, no matter how far away, have the potential to further polarize the American public and inflame underlying threats of violence. Even though social connection and social cohesion in our country may be harder to achieve in this new context, our shared work of fostering trust among Americans and repairing the social fabric is much needed now.