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| Follow us on Our Journey To Smile ! Join us to say #Enough! | Follow us on Our Journey To Smile ! Join us to say #Enough! https://youtu.be/rFxtwQtievk Nemat, who has muscular dystrophy, and whose family members were all Covid-19 infected, read a poem he wrote, entitled "Love In The Time Of Covid-19". Love in Time of COVID-19 By Nemat, Afghanistan In time of COVID-19 you can't turn the clock back. In such times you just question the world wordlessly. In quarantine, no one cares. It's difficult, especially when your legs don't function as they should. Who can understand me? Helpless, I could not protest How could you protest, if you were poor, if you were physically challenged? How could you protest, if people could but would not hear you, if people could but would not love you, if they were divorced from reality? Most of all, how could you protest if you were born differently-abled? What a terrible mistake my birth must have been, lacking love from the scratch. In times like these, I am left all alone. But not lonely, as the stars are with me. Times like these are an opportunity to learn that when love enters from the door, hatred should escape from the window. In times like these, I open my heart to love and feed my soul with love dew. I am waiting for love to enter and chase the hatred away. ______________________________________________________________________________ To learn from friends across the world, join the Relational Learning Circles at https://www.relationallearningproject.com By Dr Hakim Young 29 September 2020 Dear friends, Within every person are many 'live' story books that others can learn from. Often, too busy, or afraid, we pass them by. An Afghan Peace Volunteer, Bismillah, once taught me, "For decades, we Afghans have survived war, so by the time Afghans are my age, each of our lives is more than one book, filled with untold joys and pain." We aren't the ones to open these human books. They open themselves. We read them, not only with our sight, but also with our ears and hearts. We understand more when we listen, and refuse to judge. We receive these human books, their music, disappointments and liberation. If we catch their kindness, we reflect some back as well. If we're absorbed in our own world, we lose their world. They are gifts, not transactions. They are not as organized as encyclopedias. How can they be when they are breathing realities, alive and growing by the day? Imagine, 7.8 billion volumes, interconnected through relationships! It's like magic, only it's not, because each human-to-human connection is an everyday human reach for love. Maryam, an Afghan Peace Volunteer in Kabul, Cameron, a U.S. citizen in California, and Ivan, a Russian in St Petersburg, did just that. They reached out, skipped numerous historical, political and social barriers, and conversed about "a hopeful future". A shared "thirst for peace". Cameron remarked, "I think it's very important to have these conversations, not only between young people but also between people of all ages all across the world," Cameron said. "It's the power of humanizing one another. I don't think it can ever be surpassed." Some Afghan Peace Volunteers have testified how these conversations and relationships constitute "a better university than any other" and are "richer than what they learned through their years of formal education". Over the past 10 years, the Volunteers and international partners have had the joy of growing different forms of in-person and online conversations, like Global Days of Listening and Relational Learning Circles. In a recent Relational Learning Circle conversation, Peter (Singapore), Karina (U.S.) and Nemat (Afghanistan) shared their wish for greater global coordination and unity during Covid-19. They spoke for every human being today. In their conversation, Nemat, who has muscular dystrophy, and whose family members all were Covid-19 infected, read a poem he wrote, entitled "Love In The Time Of Covid-19". In Nemat's reading of his poem, we can witness the human books that are being written in Nemat, urging us to read the other human books in Peter and Karina, and every other member of our planetary and human family! Peter, Karina and Nemat have since met again online to converse, their inner 'books' soaring across the world! ______________________________________________________________________________ To learn from friends across the world, join the Relational Learning Circles at https://www.relationallearningproject.com Other Relational Learning Circles, and other wonderful 'human books'! Participants from two Relational Learning Circles Top left clockwise: Sediqa (Afghanistan), Shamsi (Singapore), Katherine (U.S.), Bob (U.K.), Erwin (Luxembourg) Mugisha (Rwanda), Lea (U.S.), Javad (Afghanistan) Professor Ellen Judd (Canada), Bing Bing (China), Naser (Afghanistan) Merwyn (U.S.), Ashrina (Singapore), Habib (Afghanistan) Peggy (U.S.), Molly (German-Irish), Masoma (Afghanistan) To learn from friends across the world, join the Relational Learning Circles at https://www.relationallearningproject.com