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Feeling helpless but being helpful

It seems the world has been shaken once again by the grim tales emerging from Gazans and Palestine. While we're oceans away, surrounded by the comforts of our home, the reverberations of the conflict tug at our heartstrings, echoing tales of despair, leaving many feeling lost and small. "How can my singular voice change the course of this seemingly unending genocide?" one may wonder.

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To borrow the words of Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." And in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems." Every action, no matter its scale, creates ripples.The world may seem a behemoth, but remember, even the smallest action can cast the longest shadow.


A Call to Our Nurturing Mothers

Motherhood isn't just about raising children; it's about shaping the future. Talk about empathy, compassion, and standing firm for righteousness. Let them learn from you how to be the voice against the wind. And while you arm them with knowledge, protect their innocent minds from the graphic depictions. They have their entire lives to face the world, let them have their innocence a tad bit longer.


Your Power Moves:


  • Prioritize emotional well-being over inundation of information.

  • Put energy into the spheres you can influence positively.

  • Encourage charity by example. That donation drive for your birthday? Pure genius! (Little birdie told me about someone who did just that!)

  • Look around and absorb the positivity. Let's unite and create a storm of change.

  • Ponder on financial contributions. A tiny drop can make a mighty ocean.


To Our Brilliant College Goers

Dear scholars, remember your knowledge is power. Harness it. While feelings of helplessness are natural, don't let them consume you.


Your Power Moves:


  • First and foremost, acknowledge those feelings. They are valid.

  • Engage in giving back – it'll surprise you how fulfilling it feels.

  • Be the beacon of awareness. Amplify the voices that need to be heard.

  • Engage in civil discourse. Educate without animosity, share the Palestinian narrative without hostility.

  • Stand firm, but also stand wise. Know when to engage and when to walk away.

For the Hardworking and Employed

Even in the busy humdrum of life, you too have a part to play.


Your Power Moves:


  • Boycott, not just in action but in spirit. Speak out about it.

  • Celebrate art and stories, bridging the divide and nurturing understanding.

  • Consider direct involvement. Your skills can be the change Gaza needs.

  • Remember, a stand isn't just about picking a side, but standing with conviction.

And Here's for Every Single Soul Reading This

Guilt is a heavy emotion, and in times like these, it's easy to feel it weighing down on you. Bask in life's joys without guilt. God’s greatest gift to us is life; it's okay to savor it.


But remember, while enjoying life, keep an ear to the ground and a heart open to change. Keep reposting, posting, sharing, educating and talking about what is happening in Gaza.


Together, with our small actions and talks lets make ripples in the water of change and hope.


Stay radiant,

Bashayer.

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