The current international turmoil is unique to our times. Never before has the world been small enough for nations to be so dependant upon each other that one could sway another, let alone feel the whole global economy threaten to domino.
We can survive disorder if we just stick together. As much as politicians react to the chaos as a blame game, we need to see what is going on and respond with discernment. We have to understand the situation as it is, without the distortion of denial.
The experience of 9/11 proves our durability. New Yorkers are famous for being independent and functioning within their own lives. We’ve heard of some who are proud that they don’t know their neighbors – nor care what happens to them – as long as their routine isn’t disrupted. But, in that moment of terror, they bonded together and worked with those around them, proving that they had a lot of humanity.
That’s a prerequisite: Humanity. What does it mean? That means taking care of life around us, being sure that people have their basic needs met – physically and mentally. It also involves being thoughtful of others’ essentials, and choosing selfless, respectful behavior to assist them as they wish. We need to engage those folks who may not be able to fend for themselves, and who may slip under the radar of our ordinary realm of consideration. It warrants taking notice of people who can’t speak for themselves – children, seniors, etc., and those who just may be accustomed to not calling attention to themselves. They still require contact with others. They may be homeless, or mentally ill, or have a problem we can’t observe. In a crisis, all persons living alone probably need to be with others, even though that may not be their normal pattern of behavior.
Crisis isn’t necessary for change, though change itself often feels like a crisis. This is a decision to renew our lives. If we embrace the participation of those around us in our resolutions along with their ideas, they’ll feel included as well. We’ll look around us for people we respect, who seem to inhabit vital and animated lives. We get some of them together, and we share our inadequacies, our wishes and our hopes. We can laugh, cry, tell jokes and anguish with each other, all of which supports our efforts. Then, with others, we can explore what it means to love actively, for love is an action word. If you’ve ever felt your life was on a treadmill, here’s a way to get off of it.
This is taking care of us, which is also our responsibility. In addition, it gives our lives a foundation from which to build our new caring structure. We simply decide to take the time and energy to employ our thought processes deeply, into what we envision that we want for this planet and ourselves on it. We garner our resources and harness our separate skills to put into play our intentions. It is play. We invite you to join us on a powerful adventure that lightens our hearts and makes life worth living. Together, with laughter and hugs, we can do this.