I am amazed at the foulness that spews forth from some people, as they hide their identity and history from others. Slinking in the shadows they vomit hatred wherever they go.
The neglect changes you.
The abuse hardens you.
The suffering breaks you.
The ignorance angers you.
The indifference disturbs you.
The injustice destroys you.
On a daily basis…your faith will be tested.
Your heart will be wounded….
Your soul will be altered.
On a weekly basis…you’ll question yourself.
You’ll question your strength.
You’ll question the world.
On a monthly basis…you’ll fall down.
You’ll get up.
You’ll go on…
On a yearly basis…you’ll look back…
You’ll see faces…
You couldn’t save them.
You’ll learn to mourn.
You’ll learn to trust a little less.
To do a little more.
To fight a little harder.
You’ll learn to try.
You’ll learn to fail.
You’ll learn when to hold on.
When to give up.
When to let go.
You’ll learn who you are.
What you stand for.
Why that matters.
Then… at times… you’ll forget why you matter.
You’ll question what you’re doing.
You’ll wonder if it’s worth it.
But…here’s the good news…
When you forget…
When you question…
When you wonder…
All you have to do…
Is take a look around…
And you’ll see them.
You’ll see their faces.
You’ll see their smiles.
You’ll feel their love.
In their eyes, you’ll see their journeys…
You’ll remember their beginnings…You’ll know how far they’ve come…
You’ll remember when they didn’t know you…
When they didn’t trust you…When they’d given up.
You’ll remember how you healed them…
How you loved them…How they loved you, too.
And as you look back…
You’ll want to move forward…
For them… and because of them.
In your darkest hours, you’ll look around…To find the differences made…the hope given…and the lives saved…
Because you existed.
In those moments, when you look into their eyes…every doubt will be erased.
Every question will be answered.
Every worry will subside.
Because in that instant…in each of your hearts…
You both share the very same thought:
“Every bit of pain was worth it…for this moment here with you.”
And honestly…no matter what else happens…
Those moments hold all the strength you need…
To keep going.
Rescue is pain.
Rescue is joy.
Rescue is worth it…because they are worth it.
And that’s the honest truth.
~ Author unknown
When the forest is no longer able to feed itself the whole body of it dies. Yet under the surface, there is still a beautiful network, working, and waiting for ideal conditions to return.
As the people have more and more taken from them while less and less is supplied in reward for their hard work, there is a shrinking, a holding tight to that which remains, a shriveling of the connection, of the spirit.
It is difficult to consider expanding and opening, to sharing that which is held so tightly. Only in doing so, however … only in feeding the forest with what remains … will new life be breathed into this network.
ALL people play an integral role in the rebuilding of a world that nourishes everyone, whatever role they fill is crucial to the whole. ‘Parts’ of the forest cannot be eliminated while expecting the remainder to thrive, it simply will not work.
“Some day you’ll understand.”
I would hate to think this life was wasted, and not used for the progression of that which is good for the world
The sunflower often has a dark center. Its petals are vibrant in color, ranging from beautiful yellows and gold to oranges and reds. While the center produces seeds for food, the petals draw the birds and the bees. Here I am! the flower seems to shout.
Humanity is the same. While the darkness within the center is often all that is seen, related to, everything that can describe this darkness may have even been called our self … do not forget that within the darkness are seeds, seeds which plant the future.
Extending out from the body is light, sometimes bright and gold and sometimes a little fiery in appearances, like the oranges and reds. (There are many other colors as well, however speaking in flower terms …). The light which emanates from the center is what attracts others, same as the birds and the bees, only human.
See the bigger picture, embrace the whole of who you are. Yes, there is a shady area within the center, but even that produces nourishment for the soul, yours, and those you share with. You are not … bad. There is inherent goodness in all of the parts that make you who you are.
If someone has been tainting your ‘seeds’, shuck them to the side and focus. Whatever has been wrought upon you is not ‘you’. You know who you are better than anyone else can possibly know, get quiet, listen to your soul speak.
Do I follow my heart and climb to the top of another waterfall? I already know where I would rather be and am certain my body will follow my mind, where to, remains to be seen.
The connection had with the earth assists us in our connection with each other. There is a great healing to be shared, in the silence, when we walk … energies touching, hearts pumping, lungs working as an upward hill is climbed.
Upward hills … these hills may not appear as such, yet they are there … in relationships, in our work life, in our housing, in our ability to feed ourselves in a healthy manner. We work at it, and yes, it can be difficult, we will often go without, yet we persist.
The connections we make along the way, with each other, will help bridge the gaps.
We have been taught that we cannot trust each other, we have been taught that to remain separated is best for survival, and most of us have been performing rather well under these circumstances.
Now imagine what could be if we recognize personally, and help each other in learning, the bond that we share goes very deep. Remember the crisis’s that have occurred, remember how people band together to take care of each other, remember the great feats that are accomplished during these times.
Together we are better.
Every day, in every way.
The separation we have been living under will change. There will be those who desperately grasp onto what they believe to be their life line, and there will be those who understand that community, care, and genuine compassionate concern for, and sharing with, each other is the true life line. The latter will be the future, depending on how quickly we embrace it, the timeline will prove itself.
Let life surprise you. Let love embrace you. Learn to trust each other, carefully, participate in the rebuilding of the compassion in this world.
We have seen what governments have done to the people everywhere, how we’ve been exploited, used and murdered in the name of power and money and greed. These elements do not have the best interest of the hearts of humanity in mind, and only the exploited will be able to turn it around … by working together.
Take the energies and efforts which have been bought and sold for scraps, reclaim those same energies and efforts and apply them in fields and ways that you know will encompass good for all … step away from greed and death and being used for the benefit of the few.
This world, and the future of humanity and all life depend on your goodness ad charity. When you give to the whole, the whole gives back to you … imagine the return on your efforts!! The entirety will return to you much more than the greedy few.
Be the change.
Thinking on those who bear false witness this evening. They do so, not caring that they could potentially ruin another human beings life, causing unwarranted grief, even doom.
These people have a special place awaiting them, and this song sums up the whole of my feelings on the subject, and about them.
There will be balance, and people are choosing which end they’ll ride upon.