I was named after a Beatles song. "Miiiichelle, ma bellllle..." You know the one? The year was 1977, my Mom had large circular tinted glasses and bell bottom pants, and my Dad's hair was almost as long as hers. ☮
For years I joked I was a closet hippie, as if being a hippie was incompatible with the rest me. As I've become older, wiser and more certain of what I stand for, I've realised that we don't have to shove ourselves into predefined categories. I can be educated and intellectual while also being intuitive and heart-based. I can wear harem pants one day and high heels the next. I can be an activist for animal liberation and still love my friends and family who are not there with me (yet 😉). I can be quite imperfect and also be perfectly enough.
What is incompatible with who I am is to see all of the injustice in the world and do nothing, say nothing, change nothing. Speciesism, racism, poverty, greed, factory farming, violence towards humans and animals, irreversible pollution, complete disrespect for the Earth we live in. I envision a peaceful, compassionate and sustainable world for my kids and grandkids. We cannot keep doing the same things as we do today, and expect a better world tomorrow. The Beatles were known for peace and counterculture. Coincidence, or is the writing in the stars?
As I celebrate my 42nd orbit around the sun this week, I am full of inspiration and hope for the future. It is motivating to see the changes that have happened in less than 2 years of sharing yoga, mindfulness, Swiss Vegan Families community and peaceful, heart-based activism. Recently several people with similar visions have fallen into my path and we are working on a few bigger projects to help create the world we wish to see. Inspiring change by growing our hearts to include ourselves, other humans, animals and the Earth in our circle of compassion.
None of us can do everything, but each one of us can do something. You matter. I matter. Thank you for following and supporting me on this journey! Together we can make shift happen!
Michelle Borner, a mom on 23 missions, blogs about her Deep Thoughts on a wide range of topics from parenting to conscious living to lessons from brain cancer.
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