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What Language Can't Touch - Lindsay Obenour - June 2014
The day she was born - in fact, the very instant she was placed on my chest - I developed an entirely new awareness of the beauty of life. For the first time in my 29 years, I could feel love growing from the very depths of my being... spreading into my bloodstream, pumping through my heart, beaming from my soul... and I could feel this new love with the utmost clarity. This new love was tangible and it had a purpose. A purpose I was meant to discover.
In that quiet hospital room - my (once big) belly now squishy and deflated, my body overly exhausted from labor, and my mind overwhelmed with the many needs of this unfamiliar little being that wiggled in my arms - a small (but lucid) moment brought me an immediate understanding of the mission bestowed upon me. This "rite of passage" was now woven into the fabric of my heart: delicately sown with the threads of her love. A mission extending beyond my body, mind and spirit... reaching out to the prospect of my children's children and all of those who follow her.
See, for the first time in my life I was granted an awareness of the well-being of the world. One that exists outside the cozy walls of our home, past the borders of my country, into the farthest of places. Having my daughter made me realize that I have been given a true privilege: to teach her to reach those far-off places and somehow make them better. Perhaps it will not be through hands of her own, but of those that belong to a life that she touches. I know that she will only learn to care for this earth if I teach her it's value. More importantly, she will truly learn to care for the precious people on this planet if I can show her how to serve them. Her love for herself will begin as a reflection of the way she watches me love myself, and that is nothing to be taken lightly.
My mission is to share everything positive and wise that I have within me; to allow her to stumble, hold my breath when she falls, and applaud all of her successes when she arises stronger than before. My mission is to walk alongside my child through her life, teaching her to embrace the love of others and spread kindness; to find happiness and contentment, but never to settle for the complacent and mediocre. To challenge what other's call impossible, and to do it with grace and humility. At the end of the day, my hope for my little girl is to one day be awakened too: to realize the lasting impression she can make in this world... and to do something about it with a humble heart.
**Lindsay Obenour is a first-grade teacher in Metro Detroit. She and her husband spend an abundance of their time chasing around their toddler, Vaida Rose. Lindsay loves rock climbing and ballet, but her true passion lies in the art of the written word. She has dreamed of being a writer since she was a child. Follow @LobieObie on Twitter to stay current with her latest and greatest writing projects.