I was raised Jewish. The experience of the Holocaust, of my parents’ fervent desire to pass the memories and lessons of the Holocaust on to me and my brothers is indelibly etched into my Being-ness.
The most important thing for us all, I feel, is to never ever forget. Never forget that in the right circumstances human beings, all of us, can be lulled into a place and space of complacency and allow atrocities, allow injustices, to happen around us and on the planet, and do no nothing.
A wonderful quote by John Stuart Mill that I’d like to paraphrase is: The only thing it takes for evil to triumph is for men and women of goodwill to do nothing. We can all do something to facilitate change so there is more unity and harmony on the planet, starting with what’s going on inside of ourselves.
I read a wonderful story about a Black man in the South who made it part of his life’s mission to befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan. He became friends with several of them, and most of those men left The Klan. Their lives were changed by the compassion and patience of an ordinary person like you and me. There are simple examples all around us, where people touch hearts and take action to make a difference in the world, a difference in the lives of ones around them.
And the lessons and the hate of what inspired, what led to the Holocaust are still here with us today. There are the atrocities in Yemen, the treatment of Asians and Muslims, the ongoing inequities towards all peoples of color in the United States and in many parts of the world.
When I was a teenager, my mother took me to several talks by Holocaust survivors, and I listened to their stories. I felt the pain in their hearts. I felt their unmistakable desire to pass on their memories and wisdom to generations to come.
I have visited, have experienced the Holocaust Museum in New York City and several concentration camps in Europe, most notably in Germany. I have been touched by the fear, grief and horror people experienced at a turning point in our history, and it’s a part of who I am.
Remembering the Holocaust, like remembering all such atrocities on our beautiful planet, is not a Jewish thing; it’s a human thing. It’s a part of our history. Studying, feelings, knowing the mistakes made in the past is the foundation for not repeating them in the future. It starts with us. It starts with you and me. We do make a difference. Never ever forget that.
No act of kindness, love and support for another is ever too small. Celebrate how you do make a difference. Be a beacon of light with your words, deeds and who you are, the presence you hold and bring to the world. Keep on shining.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Arlene Cohen Miller is an A-V Rated Attorney, a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, a Senior Tutor and Mentor with the Global Coaching Academy, and recently completed a Diploma in Transformational Holistic Counseling.
Arlene has owned, managed and sold two successful law firms, Chaired the Western Region and Creditors’ Rights Sections of the Commercial Law League of American, and was the Arrangements Chair for a highly attended Educational/Marketing Meeting in Los Angeles for five years. Arlene served on the CLLA Board of Governors and received the prestigious President’s Cup for lifelong service.
Arlene is also a longtime student on the path of personal spiritual alchemy, has a daily yoga and meditation practice and loves hiking in the mountains of Colorado. For many years, Arlene facilitated the Women’s Spiritual Circle at CLLA Meetings. She was a Big Sister for 5 years, and recently co-facilitated a weekly support group for Significant Others Friends and Family (SOFFA) of Transgender people.
Arlene’s expertise is in communications, negotiations and organization as well as energetic healing and self-mastery. She is passionate about working with intuitive, empathic people, like yourself, who are ready for change, looking for answers and seeking something new that resonates with them and can make a real difference
WHY THIS SERIES?
At Ingomu we believe that our coaches and team should reflect the reality of the world out there. We also believe that we should celebrate diversity, use our voice and actions to uplift humankind by making a positive difference in the lives of many. We interpret diversity broadly. It includes humans of every color, ability, background, orientation and gender identity.
In light of this we want to start celebrating diversity all year long. Throughout the year we want to share stories of how we as individuals, families, communities or teams have been positively impacted by diverse individuals. We are looking to honor individuals, people we may have never heard of. Your neighbors, family members, colleagues, community members…
In February we'll share stories about the positive impact and achievements of Black individuals in honor of African American and Black History Month. In March we celebrate Women’s History Month. In April its National Deaf History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage, Older Americans Month and Jewish American Heritage Month is in May, GLBTQ+ in June, Hispanic and Latino heritage in September, National Disability Awareness in October, and National American Indian Heritage Month in November.
We invite you to share your story with us and we’ll publish it in our blog and share in our newsletter. You can submit your story here. If you don’t have a personal story, but have come across a great story in your local media, let us know too.
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