One day, a woman wanted to be a champion for everyone she perceived as more vulnerable than her: Planet Earth, the Tibetan people, children of the world, sick children, hungry people, victims of violence and injustice. She did not know how, so she tithed earnings and volunteered when she could. Drops of water in the ocean, no wave enough to fill the heart.
One day, a woman wanted out of an unhealthy relationship
and left. Her mom became her champion, found a rental house
where she and her child could live in peace among trees.
One day, a child could not breathe.
A tumor around her heart filled her lungs with fluid.
That child’s community and hospital became her champion.
One day, a woman worked night shifts to be available to her child.
Her child thrived and grew healthy and became a champion.
One day, a woman got a grip on herself and said,
“I want to heal myself, and only I can do that. I want to lose weight, and only I can do that. I want to learn how to love myself and forgive myself, and only I can do that. Only I can be a champion of my own life.”
Every day, a woman wakes and blesses the coffee and oats* that nourish her and works 10 hours from home office, because it is the best she knows to do to provide for herself and be there for her child.
Learning to be a champion of her own life has been the most difficult path. Now her dearest wish is to be a champion for Peace for herself and others. She can see the horizon from where she stands.
*Recipe for best oats ever: 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. milk (soy or almond if vegan), 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill extra-thick organic oats, few shakes of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds, 1/2 diced apple or sliced banana. Bring to boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Enjoy.