On September 20, 2011, I officially became a Canadian citizen along with 77 others from 38 different countries. As they called us up to shake the hand of the Citizenship Judge and announced the countries we were born in, I marveled at how we are all truly connected, and this country embraces that and gives us the opportunity to live peacefully with one another.
I was born and raised in the USA, but I moved to Canada for love many moons ago and have remained in this country long after that relationship ended because I love the diversity, the people, the peace. Canadian ideals of social justice, equity, protection of vulnerable people and our environment are my ideals. And finally after years of paperwork, waiting, more paperwork and thousands of dollars spent, I am officially a Canerican. Yes, I made that word up. Roll with it.
It’s been said that countries have their own Deva – their own energy pattern. Hiro Boga says, “Everything that exists, on this earth or anywhere in creation, has a spiritual counterpart which holds the pattern or the blueprint for its perfect unfolding.” Even countries have their own Deva. You can feel the subtle energetic presences when you travel – each country feels unique, as if it has its own energy force that lives within its boundaries; within its people.
As I sat in the immigration office for one last time (hooray!), to my right was a pregnant Russian woman. To my left, a Chilean businessman. One who seemed to have brought his charming Latin ways with him to Canada, btw. In front of me sat a young family from India. Behind me, an older Filipino couple. The process of emigrating from one country to another has provided me with an opportunity to reflect on how living in a multi-cultural country has shaped me. It also reminded me that we are all connected.
During her speech, the citizenship judge asked us all to be the best citizens of Canada – of the world – that we can be. She asked to us to volunteer. To help out those who need it most. But most of all, she asked us to be kind. She left us with these parting words, “Small gestures have mighty consequences.”
An important part of our growth as citizens of the world lies in contributing to the greater good, being part of something greater than us. But not all acts have to be grand, sweeping gestures. So for the next month, I’m going to make it my mission to do one small gesture/act of kindness per day and see what good comes out of it. I’ll do nice things, including (but not limited to):
- Tip generously
- Give a stranger (or a friend!) a compliment
- Send real letters in the mail instead of emails
- Lend a book to someone
- Share my knowledge and teach someone something
- Be open & honest about my feelings
- Pay for a stranger’s coffee
PS – During the citizenship ceremony, I looked down on the floor and beneath my chair, next to my foot, was a dime. I smiled, picked it up and got a little teary. What can I say? It was yet another affirmation from my guides that I’m on the right path. Love it!
What suggestions do you have for my “Be a better citizen of the world” project? Share them here – I’ll do any and all suggestions! Within reason…
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