“Dear Mr. President: I think I can help our country to heal.“ A letter from Catherine “CAT” Callaway the first.
Many times in life, children are so much more perceptive, intuitive, sensitive, and humble than adults are.
Our country, is struggling with acceptance, love, compassion, integration and inclusiveness.
For the past 30 years, number one best-selling author, counselor, master Life Coach and minister David Essel has been helping individuals to learn the art of acceptance and compassion through his stories, books, lectures and one on one work.
Below, one of David‘s characters, “Catherine CAT Callaway,“ wrote a letter to the President of the United States, trying her best to be helpful in this very difficult time our country is going through.
Here is the letter from Catherine to the President of the United States.
“Dear Mr. President,
My name is Catherine CAT Callaway the first, I’m a third grader, and I love helping people feel their best every day.
I know it must be very hard for you to run a country this big, and I hope that the ideas I’m sharing will give you some peace of mind at night and to help you with making the best decisions necessary for our beautiful country, the United States of America.
Every morning, our third grade teacher has us read headlines and stories from all kinds of newspapers all over the world, in order to keep us up-to-date on what’s going on, even though were really, really young.
As we read the headlines and the articles, our teacher encourages us to discuss solutions, never problems, and that’s what led me to believe that I might be able to help you help our country to heal.
We see in the streets people fighting each other, we see people with really big guns, and we’re not really sure why those kind of guns are even in our country, killing other people.
We see people in the street, screaming at individuals that have different colored skin, and we’re all really confused as to why this is happening.
You see Mr. President, in my class I have all kinds of friends from all different countries and we get along really really well!
So the other day I was thinking, “well if all of us third-graders can be good friends and we all come from different countries, different religions, different skin colors… I wonder if I wrote to the president of United States, that I might be able to help him get our whole country to accept and love each other again.“
I thought it was a pretty good idea, my teacher said that I should go for it, so here are a few recommendations that could help you, help us be more loving again:
Number one. I know it’s really easy when you’re unhappy in life, to call other people names. My mom and dad, always make me apologize to someone, if I called them a bad name or a nickname.
In some of the new paper papers we’ve read, we’ve seen that you have used bad words, telling people who are trying to come from other countries that they are “drug addicts, rapists, and not needed in our country.“
But in our third grade class, with all of these kids coming from different countries, I know all of their parents and we haven’t met any of them who don't deserve a friend, whether they’re from Mexico, or Canada, or we even have a new child that just moved in to our school from Pakistan… And everyone really likes him!
So maybe to start things off, would you try not to call people names? I think it could be a really really good start.
Number two. People are just people, even if they look different than ours.
Mr. President, in my book “The real life adventures of Catherine CAT Callaway the first“, there was a new girl in our class who looked very different than everyone else, and she never spoke to anyone because she was so shy, so a lot of the kids would make fun of her.
But one day I walked into the lunch room and I saw her sitting by herself and I thought “my mom and dad would want me to go over and say hi to her because she’s all alone.“
And I did!
And Mr. President, her name is Ling ling Lu, and she’s from a totally different country and she doesn’t really understand English all that great yet, but oh my gosh Mr. President she’s an amazing artist!
And then I have one of my best friends, Xavier from Mexico, whose mom and dad clean buildings, and he is the nicest boy and his parents are really super sweet to everyone.
And then Mr. President I have another friend, his name is Ali, and I think he’s what you call Muslim, and he is the kindest, sweetest boy you would ever meet. Mr. President if you ever came to my class, you would love Ali, as a matter of fact Mr. President, you would love everyone here!
Number three. Another thing my parents taught me Mr. President, was that when someone was really hurting, or sad, we shouldn’t be making fun of that person.
When our teacher had us read one of the newspapers, where you were saying not so nice things about a black congressman from I think it was Baltimore Maryland, after he had been robbed or mugged, our class would want to support someone like that, not make fun of them.
So our teacher after reading that article, had us go around the room and ask any of the other students if they were having a really hard time so that we could either give them a hug, or just to sit and listen to their sadness.
Mr. President, maybe if you went to this man in Baltimore, and told him that you were really sorry he was mugged , maybe that would help us all learn from you how to be nice to people when they are in trouble or hurting.
If you want to read more about my story, Mr. President, and how I introduced the new kid in school to everyone else, I think it would be great for you to read the story.
And do you know what else Mr. President,? At the end of the story, we find out that Ling ling Lu, even though she’s really different looking and she speaks really differently than us, has this amazing gift that everyone benefits from… That we would’ve never found out if we didn’t all accept her as she was today!
I know you’re really busy Mr. President but I hope that this letter will somehow reach you, and after you read my book I think you’ll understand that there’s different ways we can approach challenges in our country, and maybe my ideas will help.
Catherine cat Calloway the first“
This new children’s book, “ The real life adventures of Catherine Cat Calloway the first“, goes into great detail about teaching others how to accept people who do not look, or act like we do is available at Amazon.com or via the authors website www.davidessel.com
David Essel‘s work as a counselor, master Life Coach, author and minister is highly endorsed by individuals like the late Wayne Dyer, and celebrity Jenny Mccarthy says “David Essel is the new leader of the positive thinking movement.“
He is the author of 10 books, four of which are number one bestseller’s.
His work as a counselor and Life Coach has been verified by Psychology Today and Marriage.comverified David as one of the top relationship counselors and experts in the world.
For more information on all that David does, please visit https://www.davidessel.com
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