During turbulent times of change, transformation and healing such as now, I look to words, music and the natural world for clarity, direction and inspiration.
This morning I found direction and inspiration when I read The Mender Pledge in a friend’s email. It is from the book Creating A World That Works For All by Sharif M. Abdullah. I feel it’s a perfect starting point for healing ourselves and our world, the one we all inhabit.
Here’s the text of the pledge:
The Mender Pledge
I believe in inclusivity. I believe that our lives are inextricably linked with one another. We
cannot wage war against anyone without waging war against ourselves. Therefore, I will
practice inclusivity with myself, my family, my community, the natural world, and all others. I
will actively work toward the goal of an inclusive society, a world that works for all.
I know that we are one. Therefore, I will give to you what I want for me. I know that there is
enough for all.
I want everyone to win. Therefore, I will work to resolve all conflicts to every party’s
I want acceptance. Therefore, I will accept myself for who and what I am, I will accept you for
who and what you are, and I will accept all others for who and what they are. Even if I resist
your behavior, I will accept you as a Child of God, a part of the Divine.
I want no harm. Therefore, I will not harm myself or you or any others, by thought, word, or
I want forgiveness. Therefore, I will forgive myself, I will forgive you, and I will forgive all
I want to be free. Therefore, I will not let others dominate, control, or manipulate me. And I
will not dominate, control, or manipulate you or others.
I want peace. Therefore, I will be peaceful with myself, with you, and with others.
I want love. Therefore, I will love myself, I will love you, and I will love all others.
I find it hard to do the right thing when people react to me out of fear or lack. At those times, I
want to separate from them, see them as wrong or evil or just different. I want to defend
myself. Then I realize that all of the discord, disharmony, and disease in the world comes from
the futile attempt to defend against that which is within us. I will create bridges across our
fears, our pain, and our illusion of lack. I may take several attempts, but I will succeed. And we
all shall win.
From “Creating a World That Works for All” by Sharif M. Abdullah
For my version, I am replacing “I want…” with “I choose…” Choosing is declarative. Wanting which implies lack and that something is missing. I believe each of these choices is not only possible, but already present within us and our collective humanity.
Will you join me in creating a unified world? Will you take this pledge?
I pray you say yes.