Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is an Emmy
Award-winning composer, NY Times best-selling author and noted
philanthropist. Currently, he is releasing socially-conscious music and
touring his "Concert & Conversation" series in support of his book Life Is What You Make It.
This is a song about safety:
“I Won’t Let Go” by Peter Buffett
From the moment we’re born we rely on someone else for our
If carbon is the basic building block of life, I believe
that safety is the most elemental component in a relationship. It’s what we
needed first – and what continues to be necessary in order to grow into who we
become. “You’re so becoming” is my favorite compliment.
When safety gives us a bed to sleep in at night and
animates us during the day we’re allowed to live with our hearts open.
And safety comes in many forms:
• Knowing we’re going to eat (at least 17 million
children in the US don’t know where their next meal will come from, and 17,000
children die of starvation every day
• Knowing we’ll be safe from physical and/or emotional
abuse (the numbers regarding how many people are subjected to abuse in its many
forms—and its effects—are staggering).
• Simply feeling heard, knowing that your thoughts and
• Knowing that someone will always be there, which is comforting to
say the least.
What’s keeping us from these feelings of safety? I would
look to what generates and perpetuates fear.
Again, these things come in many forms, and range from
topical saturation (the way we get our news and are marketed to) to systemic
(taxes required to sustain the military industrial complex – a double dose of
fear: higher taxes and annihilation). Meanwhile, pharmaceuticals are there to
numb the fear and stress, which is very different than feeling safe.
How can we change the story—individually and throughout
society—so more people feel safe and secure?
If the song’s ending surprises you, think of it as letting
go—a “trust fall.” I remember doing that with my dad as a kid. Falling
backward and believing he would catch me (he did!). That is transforming fear (falling and
getting hurt) into safety ... in the form of trust.
Visit www.peterbuffett.com and Change Our Story to learn more.
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