by Kathie England

Who Can We Be

Who can we be as we look toward 2021?

2020 is a year that will forever live in our memories – a pandemic, a tumultuous election, horrendous wild fires, devastation of our economy, the fight for racial justice, the climate crisis, and the deaths of two inspirational leaders – John Lewis and Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Throughout this year I have continued to find inspiration and solace in the On Being podcast by Krista Tippett. This podcast ( explores what it means to be human. It asks: How do we want to live? Who will we be to each other?

Last year the On Being podcast inspired me to modify the Prayer of St. Francis, the Prayer of Peace, to include a loving kindness meditation. My goal was to make it more inclusive so it might better connect with individuals of diverse beliefs and cultures.

For the first two years of My 1000 Small Steps project I shared the Prayer of St. Francis in its original form as my December post. This year I again share the new version. I had created it with the hope that it would provide perspective – on the past year and the year 2020 that ushered in the third decade of this century. Little did I imagine the challenges that loomed on the horizon!

This post will be the last one of My 1000 Small Steps, but I am not done!

As we celebrate Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021, it is more important than ever to ask these powerful questions: How do we want to live? Who will we be to each other?

In this spirit, my new project is titled Who We Can Be.

This title came from Krista Tippett’s interview with Karen Murphy, the Director of International Strategy at Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit educational and professional development organization.

May this Loving Kindness Meditation inspire us to imagine what is possible and to discover Who We Can Be!

Make me an instrument of peace.

Where there is hatred, let me bring love.

Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.

Where there is discord, let me bring union.

Where there is error, let me bring truth.

Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.

Where there is despair, let me bring hope.

Where there is darkness, let me bring light.

Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.


May I not seek as much to be consoled, as to console.

May I seek not as much to be understood, as to understand.

May I seek not as much to be loved, as to love.

May it be in giving that I learn to receive.

May it be in pardoning that I allow myself to be pardoned.


May I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be at peace.

May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be at peace.

May we embrace this message to help find the courage to take many small steps in 2021 and to be Who We Can Be!