We Are All Refugees

I am proud to share this beautiful essay by my beautiful daughter, Erin, who posted it yesterday on social media. It is well thought out, well articulated and well-crafted, which is no surprise given that Erin is a smart, loving and amazing human being.

Here is Erin’s essay.

refugees-running-silhouetteMy very existence was determined by multiple ancestry strains leaving their homelands, searching for safety and security. The blood that runs in my veins encompasses numerous nationalities, religions, and legacies of people who left all they knew. Of people whose hearts were never the same after their families, friends, and neighbors were murdered. Of people who didn’t speak the language of their new “home” and were never welcomed.

The blood that runs in my veins is also the blood of the people left behind, the ones who couldn’t escape. MY people. The ones who perished and whose last moments were filled with terror and sorrow. So you see, this “refugee crisis” is personal. I exist because of refugees. I exist in spite of persecution. “Those people,” the ones we see in the news that look different than me—what I see is how they look the same—their eyes pierce my eyes. Their noses smell the air the same as mine does. Their ears hear the same as mine do. Their mouths kiss their loved ones and their lips tremble as they remember the ones they’ve lost. Just like mine.

And their beliefs? They run the gamut. Just like the beliefs of my current friends and family. I cannot think of a single person I love whose beliefs line up succinctly with my own. In fact, I outright disagree with most of them. But it’s not up to me to judge their personal and sacred journey or offer my opinion on the belief system that gives them strength, comfort, and lets them sleep at night. I love them because they are human beings. The refugees in crisis are human beings. And they need our help, love, and compassion.




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6 Responses to “We Are All Refugees”

  1. Judy Says:

    Phil, you have an amazing daughter….following right in dad’s footsteps. Blessings.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Thank you for your kind (and accurate) words, Judy.

  3. Hannah Mercer Says:

    She is an excellent writer as you are. Is that her profession?

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    No, but it could be, Hannah!

  5. Nancy Says:

    How true! This brought tears to my eyes thinking about all my ancestors, the ones who made it to America, the ones who didn’t, and the ones who died trying.
    We are being challenged to really reflect deeply… are we our “brother’s” keeper?

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Yes, some profound questions to reflect upon, Nancy. How we answer those questions will impact the lives of many.

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