On Valentine’s Day this year, a group of us gathered together in a ceremony to plant a “healing tree.” Our tree was a pomegranate. It was planted to offer a living prayer in memory of the innocent people who were wounded and murdered in Tucson, Arizona. President Obama came to Arizona to console the families of the dead and to urge us all to believe in our capacities to heal and to be civil toward each other in spite of our diverse opinions.
One of the survivors, a congresswoman named Gabrielle Giffords, has a good friend, Annie Lloyd, president of the Fusion Foundation. Annie initiated the Healing Tree program, a precedent for future Valentines Days, to bring communities together to heal divisive opinions and to work together on projects to bring good to all of us.
So all over Arizona, in school yards and university commons, public and private places, Arizonans planted “healing trees.”
We need these trees across the whole country.