This weekend, we celebrated Canada Day and its 150th birthday. I couldn’t help but to think of the time when Canada, for me (and my family), became more than just another country on the world map 🙂
The world needs more of Canada! We need more acceptance, tolerance, understanding, love, and respect. Having been an immigrant at one point in my life, I understand what it means to be an outsider and not feel like you belong. So, let’s open our minds. Welcome people of other backgrounds and cultures with open arms. Let’s put an end to bigotry and ignorance. We are better together. After all, there is only one race, and that’s the human race! It does not matter where we are born, where we come from, and what our beliefs are. We are all citizens of this world. Our responsibility is to ourselves and others. All that matters is for us all to get along, respect each other, and protect and value our land and environment. There is too much hatred and hostility out in the world. Let’s start (or continue) to spread peace and happiness. We only live for a short while, so let’s make it count. All we need is to love and to be loved.
If we ever forget what the essence of the human race is all about, let this poem by Sa’adi – a Persian poet from the 13th century – be our reminder. This piece is inscribed at the entrance of the United Nations building:
Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.
If you’ve no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain!
I am proud to call this great country – Canada – my Home. A country full of opportunities, love, acceptance, diversity, and a whole lot of snow 🙂
Happy Monday and Happy 150th Canada 🙂 ❤
Until next time, so long for now…