May we raise children who love the unloved things
May we raise children who love the unloved things-the dandelion, the worms and spiderlings.
Children who sense the rose needs the thorn
& run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards sun…
And when they’re grown & someone has to speak for those who have no voice
may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things
and be the ones.– Nicolette Sowder, May we raise children who love the unloved things
Nicolette Sowder is the creator of Wilder Child and Wildschooling.
And yes, I love this poem.
I love anyone who loves the unloved things.
I love finding love for the unloved things in nature, in people, and in myself.
FINDING LOVE FOR MY OWN EXPERIENCE
For instance, it seems that any part of me that experiences stress, unease, discomfort, and so on, and goes into reactivity, does so because it’s unseen, unfelt, and unloved. Meeting it with love makes all the difference. I can meet it as I would like to be met when I feel that way. (When I identify with those parts of me.)
And to really meet it with love, I can do a bit more. I can dialog with it, listen to it, hear what it has to say, and see how I can shift my relationship with it to be more helpful. I can also find what’s more true than its familiar stressful stories, and help it find it for itself. And we can both notice that my nature is the same as its nature. We share nature. (AKA consciousness, we are both consciousness, we are the same, it happens within an as what I am.)
FINDING LOVE FOR THE UNLOVED
Finding love for the unloved – in people, nature, and ourselves – is crucial for our own well-being.
It’s crucial for creating a society that works better for everyone and especially those less fortunate.
And it’s crucial for the survival of our species and civilization. We are now facing the consequences of not doing this, and not speaking up for those without a voice, and life is showing us that our own survival depends on it.
Life is giving us a masterclass in finding love for the unloved and giving a voice to the voiceless.
It’s up to us if we realize what this class is about, and whether we learn and change and transform as needed.