The present moment calls for courage, care, and kindness.

With all of the events we are facing in the world, there’s nothing that seems more important today to talk about.

I’m giving myself permission to detour from my business and professional posts and write what’s in my heart to say.

The massacre in Israel and the hostage-taking of innocent civilians on October 7th was horrific. As a Jewish woman, this is close to my heart. It’s a haunting reminder of the preciousness of life and the wrongful, disgusting acts people take in the name of hate. It’s unfathomable.

The innocent lives lost in Gaza were also unspeakable. Another reminder that no matter who is to blame for this, war doesn’t solve the issue. It only escalates hate and suffering.

On one hand, I believe in the right to defend ourselves from terrorists who only wish to annihilate us.

On the other hand, I know this doesn’t unify and create peace.

It’s a situation that doesn’t seem to have an answer.

Yet I also know that if we each act with the courage to speak out against what’s wrong, the care of our souls to do what is right and just, and the kindness that humanity deserves then we just might be doing our little bit to make this world a better place.

It may be naive to think so, but I’d rather live with that hope, wish, and commitment to a better world than the alternative sense of foreboding and despair.