Kickin Ass in the U.S.A. – The Power of Community

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Hi Friends & Mamis!!

There is an African Proverb that I really love that you may have heard before, but if you haven’t you really need to hear it:

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

I love this because it is applicable in so many aspects of our life. If a mami needs to go grocery shopping, she could go and get it all done in a much shorter, quieter, etc., way if she goes alone, but when she takes her child(ren) along she is modeling life to them. Perhaps they are participating in the selection of products or expressing their preferences, etc. It gives her an opportunity to discuss options and educate them about one of the most important things in their life:  food choices. The decision to take them, interact with them, bond with them, teach them and guide them has not only deepened their relationship with each other but potentially strengthened their relationship with themselves (created by listening to their questions, preferences, etc., respectfully and acting upon them when reasonable as well as possibly developing their self-confidence through their contribution to the shopping experience – like helping get things and put them in the cart, helping to choose products for the family, etc). This type of parenting (or interacting this way in any relationship) also potentially helps to make the whole world a better place by creating a happier more confident individual and a stronger group bond.

We have been witnessing such a beautiful example of this recently in our country, the United States of America, as we have been watching (hopefully you have been paying attention to what is going on in North Dakota) the unfolding of events at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.

Just in case you need a brief recap, the Sioux tribe that lives on the Reservation was not consulted about nor given a say in the decision by the U.S. Government and the corporation they hired to begin building a 1,154 mile crude oil pipeline to transfer oil from Northern North Dakota, through South Dakota and Iowa and ending in Illinois. This course not only crosses the Missouri River a couple times, but also goes through sacred tribal burial sites.

This is very significant because if the pipes were to leak or spill any crude oil, it would not only contaminate the river’s many plants and animals, but would also contaminate the water source for the tribe. Amazingly, previously the project’s route was planned to cross the Missouri River upstream of Bismarck, North Dakota. However, that proposal was modified because of concerns that the pipeline would negatively impact Bismarck’s drinking water. However, it seems they either didn’t think it was as significant for it to impact the drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux or it was a huge oversight.

While this may not have been important to the Army Corps of Engineers, who planned the project, it was extremely important to the Standing Rock people. As I am sure all of you can understand – having safe water to drink is critical to life!!  So the people of Standing Rock banded together, wrote letters to state and federal agencies as well as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Interior, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and asked for a revised version of the Environmental Assessment to take a closer look at the potential impact on the native communities’ water source. (you can read more detail about the unfolding and details here)

However, the situation has escalated because one of the construction companies moved forward with preparation and the Standing Rock people joined together and protested to protect their land and their water. Despite being bullied by the construction company who even used attack dogs! More tribes have joined in as well as people from all over to support the Standing Rock people and their rights!!

While it is still being sorted out, President Obama was finally compelled to step in and halt the construction, at least in one area, until further determinations can be made.

All because at least one person stood up for what they felt was right and others joined in.

Be inspired. Be strong. Listen to your gut and heart. Follow your dreams.

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

Have you started or joined an existing group to help make a change of some kind?    What can you do today to help make the world or your family’s world a better place?

We’d love to hear from you!  Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!

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