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Love in the Form of a Little Pin

Daphneleah Schneider

Posted on August 28, 2017 23:46

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With small acts of kindness we make a healing difference. How wearing a little pin brought people together.

On the counter sat a basket filled with little pins. I felt an impulse to take one, even though I didn’t know when or where I would wear it. I picked one and plopped it into my purse, eventually transferring it to my travel jewelry bag. A few days later at JFK, after passing through the TSA checkpoint, I pulled out the travel bag to put on my earrings, necklace and some bangles. There it was, the little pin staring up at me, proudly pronouncing, “Black Lives Matter.”  I wanted to wear it but was also afraid of the violence I might encounter because of it. Is this part of my white privilege? Without the pin I would be relatively safe. And, I want to bring peace to where I am not more discord. Yet, that little pin persisted/insisted, “Wear me.” “Wear me!”  I knew that if I put it on I would be walking my talk, leaving my ‘safe’ side of the street and choosing to stand with those I have, on so many occasions, stated I was supporting.

So, I placed that little pin over my heart, and opened my heart. I was truly surprised at the responses I received and the quantity. One black man couldn’t believe what he saw and motioned to his friend to see. A cashier - a young, black woman - seemed touched and was extra gentle with me. People were looking at the pin, and at me. I felt an outpouring of love and appreciation. To give and receive love and to give support, that was my intent that day with the choice to wear the pin. It was a way to speak up/speak out. A small action causing a large, ripple effect.  But, love does heal; it is a powerful force. This was the day after the heinous devastation in Charlottesville ,VA on 8-12-17.

Where I live so many people, across the rainbow of skin tones, are going out of their way to connect. We are meeting our neighbors and showing how we can trust one another and which houses and people are safe. In reducing fear of the ‘other’ we are feeling calmer and finding our inner strength. When we remember how powerful love is and rely on it, we change the world. When I put on that pin, I shifted how I walk in the world. From that decision I gained more integrity and with that integrity came an inner strength and a greater expansion of my heart, and that, I believe, could be felt by those around me. 

My purpose is to love, and be loved in return. I believe that is the purpose of each one of us. How can we walk in this life and truly connect with one another, heart to heart?

 

 

Daphneleah Schneider

Posted on August 28, 2017 23:46

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