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A Lesson from Africa

I was recently told of a tribe in Africa that does the most beautiful thing.dancing-maasai-african-people-afkj7t5099-out

When someone does something hurtful and wrong, tribal leaders take the person to the center of town, and the entire tribe comes and surrounds them. Then, for two days the people of the tribe tell the person every good thing he/she has ever doneā€¦.from the smallest act of kind consideration to the bravest noble deed.

The tribe believes that every human being comes into the world as a good person; each of us desiring safety, love, peace, happiness. Each of us is able to be instruments of kindness, comfort and support for one another. But sometimes people make mistakes. The community sees misdeeds as a temporary false step or a cry for help.

The tribe bands together, for the sake of their fellow member, to hold them up, to reconnect them with their true nature, to remind them of who they really are. The purpose of this activity is to help the person fully remember the truth from which they have temporarily been disconnected, the truth that says “I am good.

Can you imagine bringing someone you know and love into a circle of support and reminding them of their goodness? Imagine if families surrounded an adolescent who had done something dishonest and spent time sharing the wonderful things they had done in the past. How affirming that would be. With this kind of reaction who knows how good we would all remember to be, right?

 

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