Kayla Mueller was the ultimate hero for our world. Her compassion in her work as a humanitarian, a true global citizen, is something that should be shouted from the mountaintops, celebrated throughout all the continents as what we should strive for daily on this earth.
Her work in helping others serves as a touchstone for us all, an invitation to look outside of ourselves and understand that we cannot stand by in disregard, in ignorance, to what is happening in the world. Her spirit shines through her pictures– the love exudes as a beacon for our compassion.
The reality of the dangers in this world is clear. The challenges seem to be, at times, insurmountable. (How can we talk about peace, when the ears and minds of so many only hear guns, and think of blades as solutions to an end?)
But it is in each step, each grace of spirit as those like Kayla Mueller, who provide hope for a better world. If we do not celebrate these types of amazing people, what does the world look like for our children?
A true hero does not pull triggers and drop bombs. A true hero shows compassion for others in their words and deeds. I true hero spreads love, not hate.
Her death is a tragedy, and I send love and peace to her family, friends, and others who loved this amazing woman.
But her life’s work and the energy that she shared with the world will carry on. We must listen and learn, not be complacent, and live our lives in compassion, love, and peace. In honor of Kayla Mueller, and in honor of all the citizens of the world. We are one human race.