Tend to Your Home First

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Recently I watched “The Butler” and it left me speechless.  Was there anything in the movie I hadn’t seen before? Probably not, but telling one man’s story over decades of national change was truly impactful for me. A tough movie to watch as the emotional and physical torture portrayed is unbearable. Yet, as life itself, there is great love and humor too.

Interestingly enough, what stuck with me the most wasn’t about the amazing courage of the Freedom Riders or any of the other brave stories that came out of civil rights movement. It was finding out that as late as the late 1980s that black service staff at the White House made much less than the white staff. 

I know that equal pay for minorities and women still exist today, but I was taken aback that the White House – the overseeing house of our nation wasn’t leading the way. That led me to the importance of tending to our own house first. We often judge our outer world without taking a closer look in our own home.

As you place judgment on how others ‘are’ or ‘are not’ doing the right thing, ask yourself how can you add more love, more peace, more equality, more justice and more happiness in your own house? As love, peace, equality, justice and happiness starts with you first and ripples out to our bigger home – the world.

For the next week, ask yourself where in your own life can you be:

Kinder: Kindness begins internally and the trickles out to your family, your friends, your community, your city, your state, your country and your world.

Loving: Love to you, others and the world. Rather than sending out judgments to yourself and others, send love.

Forgiving: Forgive yourself and others when you act from a space of fear rather than love.

Mostly, my wish for you is to when you see inequality you act from a space of love. Fear (injustice, inequality, etc.) may speak louder, but it can’t be heard through sounds of love, kindness, compassion and respect.

Until next time, let love not fear shine from your home lighting up the world.  

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