Somewhere in Syria

Somewhere in Syria,

children dream of going to school

or playing with their friends.

They make toys from twigs, rocks, and everyday items,

and they jump, clap, and hug visitors.

They don’t complain about taking baths,

and they don’t throw tantrums because they didn’t get candy at the store.

Somewhere in Syria,

teenagers worry if others like them,

if they will every marry,

and what they will do with their lives.

They watch the every moves of their crushes

and nervously look away when those treasures look back.

They challenge their parents and feel like they know nothing.

Then, they regret being unkind.

Somewhere in Syria,

adults hope for that special love

to make all of the struggle worthwhile.

They agonize over the waiting

and wonder if love is a luxury unavailable to them.

Their hearts race when they feel a connection,

and they break when it’s not felt mutually.

Regardless of differing customs and beliefs,

our hearts beat, bleed, and break the same.

Somewhere in Syria

and Kenya

and Lebanon

and Mali

and France

and Belgium

and Mexico

and Russia

and China

and everywhere

There are elders who worked hard for everything that was stolen or destroyed.

There are parents who want their children to be happy, healthy, and free.

There are sisters, brothers, inventors, professionals, and people

Like you and me.

Nance L. Schick, Esq. is an attorney, mediator, and conflict resolution coach based in New York City. She is the founder of The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick, where she and her team of employees, vendors, and strategic partners deconstruct conflict and re-create it as opportunity, using a holistic, integrative approach. Nance resolves conflict and cultivates leaders, using her EEOC training, as well as her proprietary Third Ear Conflict Resolution process, which is described in more detail in her first book, DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master. She is also an award-winning entrepreneur, who has been acknowledged by the New York Economic Development Corporation/B-Labs (Best for NYC 2015 finalist), U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2015 Blue Ribbon Small Business), Enterprising Women Magazine (Honorable Mention, 2014 Woman of the Year awards), and Urban Rebound NY/Count Me In (2013 Pitch Competition finalist).