I am all of these things, but mostly I am Aroha.
I recall the following quote from the film 10,000 B.C:
“A good man draws a circle around himself and cares for those within – his woman, his children. Other men draw a larger circle and bring within their brothers and sisters. But some men have a great destiny, they must draw around themselves a circle that includes many, many more.”
I have drawn my circle, and it includes so many it can become rather overwhelming: my children and all others who are living in poverty or suffering; my one half of people who have been so disillusioned by my other half that so many have forgotten themselves and their mana tūpuna; it includes my country and Our World that is so suffering due to a lack of awareness, care and accountability on everyone’s part.
It is a big circle and I can’t hold it alone but hopefully with your help, eventually our circles will be all encompassing. It’s a big job and not for the faint-hearted, but I believe we all have the power to create real Change, and only together will these hopes and dreams we have for each other be truly realised.
So, are you with me?