We are not only navigating this for ourselves, but we are also aware that the decisions we make now will impact future generations. It helps to be reminded that all we can do is speak our truth and stay as strong as we can. Also, let’s all vote.
Staying strong in tough times
by Roger Delmar, Port Townsend, Washington
I’ve been pondering how to stay fully engaged in the challenges of these days without coming apart at the seams. I’ve come up with some tentative guidelines, or survival tactics. If they have merit, let me know.
At the top of my list is the need to take care of myself. Being overly tired opens the doors to my darker thoughts. Get fresh air (not much of that the last few days), exercise, good food, and enough rest and sleep.
I don’t begin to see the full picture of where all this has come from and where all this may be going. When you measure these current days in terms of the 14 billion years of evolutionary unfolding, our view is less than the blink of an eye. I can only dimly surmise what lies beyond as things play out in the coming decades and centuries. Keeping this in mind, it is easier to accept that things are not playing out the way I would have planned it. I can speak my truth and let that be enough. Whether anyone listens or anyone changes their thinking or behavior because of what I do or say has nothing to do with evaluating the value or worth of my voice.
And lastly, I want to honor the deepening connections and the values we are bringing to the forefront, and cherish the shared grief and pain and the yearnings for a better world. All of this current turmoil is pulling us together and sharpening our focus, causing us to become more aware of the big shifts that must take place if our kids and grandkids are to get through the next decades in the best shape possible.
Commitment to one’s personal truth is an enormous gift. Thank you.
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Roger’s point is well taken: “When you measure these current days in terms of the 14 billion years of evolutionary unfolding, our view is less than the blink of an eye.” This perspective helps me to view the many, many upsets in today’s happenings with a bit less drama. Thank you, Roger, for stating this and thank you, Ruth for posting it.
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