I’m not talking about blind optimism here – the almost willful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don’t think about it, or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. The same goes for our antiquated educational system. A system that teaches our children to follow instead of lead. That should be of concern for us when God created us to manifest our visions. It requires leadership skills to manifest innovation. In order for innovation to flourish we must ensure our children have opportunity.

Our future relies on our children. We hope for a future where they solve problems we could’t. One where they have courage to challenge those in power for their lack of equity and compassion. They deserve a future where they see life as magical and playful. A place where they can see their purpose and why they are here.

I see my nephew, Xavier explore the world around him as if everything is a miracle. It is that worldview we should foster in our children, regardless of their racial, religious, gender or sexuality identity. We should encourage them to grow up knowing they are apart of this universal miracle and each one of them plays an important role in our journey.

Let’s build them in the leaders who will bring us closer to our ideals. I believe they have that potential inside of them. We deserve to give them that opportunity. Let’s work to create it for them.

Thank you. And may God’s peace be upon you.

Janelle Marina