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Finding Courage in Chaos

Author: Jeane N. Liburd, MA, CCLS
Published Date: Thursday, April 08, 2021

I’m not sure about you, but sometimes current events seem overwhelming. The news is full of horror – COVID death rates, the insurrection, social injustice, and our social interaction is limited. You get the idea and could probably name more concerns. In all the chaos, I say, take courage. I have felt the heaviness of life in this historical time we are living in, but there is still hope for the weary. There is still light that breaks the darkness. There is still so much purpose in each day.

Our babies, regardless of their age, are still growing and developing into people that will leave their mark on the world. When I become weary and feel helpless to change all the things that burden my heart, I pivot my focus.

I am only one person, but the greatest influence I have are with the four people in my home. It is easy to believe that the answers to the world’s problems are out there, when really, it all begins inside our homes.

As we pour into our children’s lives and nurture their gifts, they will influence their generation and many more. Great American journalists like Ida B. Wells, young freedom fighters like Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, and the explorer Sacagawea were all influenced by their families. Mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, aunties, and kinship bonds are all about nurturing future generations.

I find some truth to Chief Tui’s quote in the Disney animated film “Moana”: “You are the future of our people. They are not out there. They are right here.” Take courage!

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About Jeane N. Liburd, MA, CCLS

About Jeane N. Liburd, MA, CCLS Jeané Liburd has worked in the field of child Iife since 2005. She earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is trained in play therapy. She currently serves as an adjunct instructor for Liberty University. Throughout her career, she has provided services for children and families in various settings including hospitals, pediatric hospice, and community programs. The focus of her work is supporting children and families who have experienced illness, grief, and loss.