Some people end up playing a miniature version of themselves in life, not really owning the space they have been given. Others are life-size, fitting nicely into the life they lead. Then there are those rare few who are larger-than-life. These people spill out of themselves and onto everything around them. They cannot be contained. I have a friend like that. His name is Scott. Scott now goes by the Hindi name Nadi which means “river.” The name was given to him during his world travels, and I happen to think it suits him. Nadi is a living current of joy and life – always moving, always flowing.
Unlikely friends, we were quite close in high school. I think it was mostly because we functioned as life rafts for each other. Today we both claim that the other saved our life. I know he saved mine. Nadi and I lost touch for two decades. Then, thanks to Facebook, we reconnected. I have been watching him these last few years as he has been galvanizing his global dream and the great passion of his life – the passion he calls One Family.
You see, Nadi is an explorer by instinct and a vagabond by trade. In his lifetime he has visited over 50 countries, witnessing the beauty and diversity of our amazing planet. He has hiked great mountains and kneeled in holy places; he has wandered ancient cobblestone streets and joined in native dances; he has stared into haunting eyes and touched the tender faces of people around the world. He has seen what few of us have seen – the “oneness” of mankind.
Nadi tells that he was putting together some of his travel photos for an art exhibit when the truth of human oneness really began to hit him. He was looking at scenes from around the globe, a woman daydreaming in Singapore, men playing chess in Beijing, women dancing in Barcelona, and young boys swimming with their dog in South Africa. He realized that these same scenes are repeated everywhere. He began to see how at a very basic level, humanity, whether separated by history, culture, language, belief, or even war, has maintained a common foundation from its past.
Despite our differences we are one human family. The common threads of human experience run through all cultures and classes. Mothers are anxious when their children go off to school. Fathers work and fight to help their families survive. Children look for ways to build and create. We all laugh, love, mourn, and celebrate. We may look different and have different thoughts, but at our core we are bright and beautiful living energy, all from the same source merely veiled in different skin.
What would the world look like if we actually functioned as if this were true? We could solve, mend, equip and establish so much. What if we actually realized that we belong to each other? What if we felt responsible for each other? In response to his developing awareness, Nadi created a website that promotes the idea of One Family. There he challenges us to consider this concept, to imagine it, and to begin to make it a reality – to start right where we are. This is my favorite part of One Family as a concept. It calls us to make small deliberate changes right now, at home, in our own neighborhoods.
Here are some of the goals of One Family as stated in their overview:
- create connections between people everywhere that will inspire them to see we are all the same on so many basic levels
- help people begin celebrating the potential for human unity
- focus on what we share in common, moving beyond simply tolerating diversity to a new mindset where we explore and embrace our differences
- help members join projects or events to build One Family
- most importantly, to take one step each day to embrace someone, perhaps someone they would not normally consider embracing
- to inspire you as you inspire us, creating a continuous cycle of goodwill within a growing family, our family, One Family
Years ago I needed a friend that would treat me like family – someone who would believe in me, speak truth to me, and just show me that they cared. Having ONE person do that saved my life. The power to change the world is within our grasp. It begins at the breakfast table, at school, or on the job. Because Nadi and I invested in each other years ago, the world now has One Family and Savegoodness. These are little acorns that have the potential to grow into mighty oaks. Decide to start living a life that is larger than you have known. Plant some seeds of your own. Use your imagination and your Goodness to see the world as One Family.
Please check out the One Family webpage @ www.imagine1.org and consider joining this movement. You can find Day Of One, a yearly One Family event on Facebook.
Check out this Pinterest Board of Beautiful Faces from Around the World ; http://pinterest.com/irelanddreams/for-the-joy-of-it-all/
What would happen if we saw the world as one family?