On this April day in 2017, dew on the petals in my front yard captures me.
How beautiful. How fleeting. How fragile my life – the life of each person – in our world.
The juxtaposition of headlines rattles me:
chemical warfare / missile strikes
palm sunday processions / church bombings
passover preparations / hate killings
In the middle of the night, as I walk during the day, I search for any spark of insight, of hope.
The only glimmer I find right now?
When we get into any kind of “us” vs. “them,” we’re in big trouble — eons ago or right this minute in my neighborhood, in my country.
Dylan’s song rings strong. I alter his words a bit:
how many deaths will it take
till we know
won’t stop killing
My lifework is called Oasis in the Overwhelm. Its purpose is to help us find a place of respite, of clarity, when life appears to be too much. I wish all of us – me, too – deep wisdom and active compassion today. A simple Oasis Sanity Tip:
Today, any time you catch yourself in “us” – “them”:
Look for the big picture, the very big picture
Do one simple act to make that big picture a bit saner
Peace to all our hungry world.