~Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.
Frank Dileo of Michael Jackson
“I tried to teach Michael about the world through documentaries. One day Michael and I watched a film about the less fortunate children in Africa. The state of their lives brought us both to tears. Michael, sympathetic at the age of 14, turned to me and said, ‘One day, Mother, I’m going to do something about this.
Several years later, he did. Michael surprised me on a trip to New York City. We drove out to the airport hangar. I witnessed boxes of food and goods and emergency supplies being loaded onto several planes lining the tarmac. I was proud to know that my son followed through on his words. He was sending aid for Africa. His generosity didn’t stop there. Donations to charities and years working with disabled children from all walks of life ensued. Michael would sometimes go out at night and randomly give hundreds of dollars to the homeless people he encountered. He valued money far less than he did his goal of making a difference in people’s lives and inspiring the world to change for the better.
NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE
Elizabeth Taylor described Michael as having a heart that gave, expecting nothing in return. His generosity spanned the width and breadth of this planet and revealed itself in his catalog of artistry, his inexhaustible humanitarian efforts, and the legacy he left behind, which inspires masses of people over half a decade after his passing…all joining a choir which sings in unison and harmonies…PAYING MICHAEL FORWARD to future generations. “Just when you think you know him, he gives you more.” Elizabeth Taylor Believing that his artistry was given to him with the central purpose of bringing healing to a world desperately in need, Michael chose to spend time with the wounded, suffering, marginalized and voiceless. Understanding that children needed their innocent childhood, he also chose to give his own three children opportunities to reach out to those in need…for, we learn what we live. And, of course, young children represent the purest love there is…giving and unconditional.
Michael’s Heal the World Foundation
This plea for compassion amid the insanity of poverty, violence and prejudice is the central focus of the HEAL THE WORLD FOUNDATION…an organization devoted to improving conditions for children throughout the world.
Founded by Michael Jackson, Heal the World seeks to assist children through the provisions and coordination of efforts to address the most basic needs: health care, food, education and more.
HEAL THE WORLD began in September 1992, sponsoring a medical relief mission to Romania. The team included a dozen physicians from the U.S. who provided pediatric care to indigent children. Prior to HTW’s involvement, these youngsters had received little, if any, quality medical attention.
A new playground at Bucharest’s orphanage was dedicated by Michael Jackson on September 30, 1992. Now, more than 500 abandoned children are able to play at the facility, reclaimed from wasteland. More recently, HTW and AmeriCare joined together to airlift a winter gift to the children of Sarajevo, that included blankets, medical supplies, clothing and shoes.
When day dawns, each of us has an opportunity to allow our innocent children a chance to do what comes naturally to them…LOVE. Their love sees no boundaries, no borders, no color. It is pure and unconditional. They know the way…and, we need to get out of their way by creating spaces for them to thrive.
A dear friend of mine gave me the most beautiful Christmas gift this year. She told me of a tradition her daughter-in-law had begun with her two little girls…both toddlers. Mom would pack individual bags of foods and treats whenever the family was taking a trip in the car. As they drove through their town, the girls would see homeless people, sometimes families. Mom would stop the car and the girls would get out and hand the packages to those in need.”
With tears of joy, I began to comprehend the layers of love…not only were the little girls allowed to give of their innocent and generous heart, but, there was a communion of spirit in the physical act of handing over the packages…a human bond, fearless…revealing a connection between all human beings. “Prejudice is ignorance.” Michael Jackson And, prejudice and fear are learned behaviors. In their innocence, children are allowed to be free, and, with that freedom, they take flight into respectful adults who harbor no judgments.
WHAT DO YOUR CHILDREN NEED…AND, HOW CAN WE HELP THEM?
Let us help our children: “…dream of a tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.”
The lessons learned from Michael Jackson offer us opportunities to be better human beings. As we learn them, we comprehend the innocent hearts of children…and, in doing that, we rediscover the child hiding in us all. Giving the best of us to our children comes from reinventing the magic, wonder and mystery of our inner child. We are then chosen to offer our children a better world with opportunities to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
WHEN ALL LIFE IS SEEN AS DIVINE…EVERYONE GROWS WINGS.
Thank you, Michael…for showing us how to love.
“WHEN I GO TO OTHER COUNTRIES, I WANT TO SEE THE POORER PARTS. I WANT TO SEE WHAT IT’S LIKE TO STARVE. I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT. I DON’T WANT TO READ IT. I WANT TO SEE IT. IT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT THING WHEN YOU SEE IT.”