But broken hearts aren’t just for lovers. They’re for estranged couples, bereaved friends and families, former friends; many times, mending a broken heart means making peace and giving forgiveness, even when it feels like we’d rather hold onto all of that pain and heartache until it makes us explode. The thing is, holding onto all of those feelings is worse for us than it is for those who’ve hurt us; it’s not making them lose sleep, after all, and only serves to manifest more suffering in our own lives.
Yes, human trafficking and slavery has been getting a bit more attention lately due to different movements and films (from documentaries to fictional movies like Taken). I appreciate that. But it seems like the general public is still in denial that modern day slavery and human trafficking—human kidnapping and sale—is still very much alive and afoot. In fact, it’s the third largest industry in the world, generating $32 billion every year with 14,500 to 17,500 foreign nationals trafficked into the U.S. annually alone.
Light a candle in your home for all of the freedom fighters who have passed on—Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Miep Gies, Mother Theresa, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Gandhi—any of your heroes who have fought for freedom. You could also light one for all of the victims who have suffered and died due to slavery, sexual slavery, and violence both in the past as well as those who suffer today.
Vow to be a humanitarian. Talk about what it means to be one with your family. Decide together how you’ll do this—by volunteering, spreading a message of peace, acceptance, and love, traveling to other areas to volunteer as well as expand your global awareness, etc.