Today, despite the streams of beautiful late autumn/winter sun shining through my window, the sounds of my beautifully content child laughing, playing and chatting, despite feeling truly loved and able to love, I felt a deep despair welling up inside. The kind of feeling that comes when physical pain seems to be creeping too close and fear begins to take it’s strangulating hold. The feeling that a thundercloud is just around the corner even though glorious sun shines all around.
There is much to be sad about in our world today. Much to bring us to our knees in despair and bewilderment. Much to make us want to crawl back under the blanket and wait it out until a shiny new tomorrow comes a calling.
But, despite all these fears and tumultuous rage, there is more, much more to be grateful for, to celebrate and connect with. Enough to give us hope, if hope is needed. Enough to re-instill the sense of wonder and calm whilst chaos blows empty winds around our thought filled heads. Enough to inspire and encourage us that whatever hurts right now, will pass. That our world can be made better, fairer, kinder, peaceful and indeed that this work has already begun.
On days like today, when the world’s weight can feel crushing, a little nourishment for the soul is needed. I looked for hope, a reminder that all is well and exactly as it should be. And I found it in the short film and article below. I trust you will also be encouraged and inspired by them to keep holding the fort and imagine the beautiful world into existence…
“…Everyone participates but nobody believes… In order to find your way, you must get lost…”
“…One of the most important steps you can take to help calm the storm is to not allow yourself to be taken in a flurry of overwrought emotion or despair – thereby accidentally contributing to the swale and the swirl. Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.
Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely.
It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts – adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take “everyone on Earth” to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.
…One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times.
The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires … causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both — are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do…”
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. | 25 November 2016 | Do Not Lose Heart, We Were Made for These Times | New Story Hub
Read the full article using the link above.