I wrote the following article for a magazine called the Stoneside Corrective. The call was for articles about the “Aftermath” … not just from the election but from any sudden loss or sense of devastation. I still haven’t received notification if it was accepted, but I suspect they were slammed with responses, so I assume competition will be tough. I’ve decided to reprint it here because it continues the theme of how many of us are being deeply challenged today.
I am not political, and the focus of this blog has never been to become such. However, there comes a time where the personal and political become one. I am also encouraged by Van Jones #lovearmy as it provides a way to move forward while staying in integrity and a space of love and compassion.
Please share this post and join me in spreading a message of faith, hope and love … I sincerely believe if each of us would show up daily with kindness to one another we can transform the world. We are more powerful than we think.
Brought To My Knees
Happily tripping though my life, I am one of those annoying people who believes everything happens for a reason and there is a greater cosmic picture than we can see. I talk about focusing on the positive, finding the silver lining and counting your blessings. Life is what we make it, so make a choice to interpret things as good.
I’m a middle age, new age hippy who believes in the power of our thoughts and words. As Julian of Norwich is quoted as saying: “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.” It’s so easy to hold to this belief when life is moving along swimmingly. Even what might look like a major setback — like losing a job or a loved one — can usually be overcome with a little mental gymnastics.
But the division of America brought me to my knees, deeply challenging every core tenant and belief I held sacred. Clearly this disunion must have been here the whole time, but the 2016 election laid it out in stark contrast. “Us versus Them” has created a divisive discourse and fueled this chasm of separation.
My challenge has become discovering a way to hold steady to my beliefs and personal convictions without imposing these on others. What can I do to connect and help bridge the divide? How can I stay true to myself yet ensure I don’t contribute to the energy of fear, anger, disagreement or hatred?
My process and struggle required I drop down to the core essence and remember this experience of being human is one we ALL share. We have bodies that age and die. We have beliefs of right, wrong, good and bad. We have dreams … and we have nightmares.
We are individuals yet collectively we are one. One human being having a human experience in this lifetime. Each of us shares this similarity, no matter how different we may be in appearance or in thought. Most of us are doing the best we can to navigate this thing called life and find a way to feel at peace in and with it.
Let us also seek a way to feel at peace with each other. Our beliefs and what we perceive as right or wrong may differ, but we are human. We must find a way to reconnect. I agree with the 1880’s activist Lydia M. Child who said: “The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and the crimes of humanity, all lie in the one word ‘love’.”
The most powerful action each of us can take is to choose love. If we hate our enemies, we have become them. Treat each person you meet with kindness, and never underestimate the power of a single loving deed. Now more than ever, we need to reach out and simply love.
As always, thank you for being a part of my journey. I share freely so that I may assist those who can relate to what I’m saying. We are not alone — each connected to one another in our own unique and individual ways, a part of a greater cosmos beyond understanding. I am committed to this connection — to unity, to growth, and to love. This, I know.
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