“Winter Holidays: A Celebration for Everyone” Exhibit (Photo credit: Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library)
The weeks are flying by – I’m not sure where the first ten days or so of December went…
*I listened to a fantastic onbeing.org interview with Brene Brown on vulnerability. What I think of when defining this word is nothing like the perspective she gives. Hope and fear are two facets/functions we should all take a genuine look at. Will we?
*Another interview I managed to catch just a bit of was about predictions by financial
Kwanzaa symbols (Photo credit: TheBlackHour.com)
experts way off the main stream. They said the following: the E.U. would collapse, the U.S. dollar would become junk, Japan would finally implode, and a revolution was imminent in Spain – all in process now and in full reality by 2014. Another point they mentioned was that main stream media was not reporting that the 1% has been and continues to steadily move its currency into gold and other precious metals.
*I have had several conversations with people via Elemental Living that are concerned about the world ending on December 21st. I have made it clear to them – and offer this to any of you that, too, may be concerned. Let’s stay logical here: if an asteroid were hurtling towards Earth with an arrival date of the 21st, our technology would have known about it sometime ago. No asteroid. No aliens, no nothing of this sort either, in my humble opinion. What is ending – in slow motion and not, poof, on the 21st – is a mentality that things can keep running on the System as we know it. (by the way, that’s a paraphrasing of the Mayan point of view, not just me talking. So if you will, in the first place, give credence to an ancient calendar, it’s wise to also get the facts about what the calendar makers meant. ) The thing is, the System is global and it’s too much for our individual or small-group minds to grasp or launch into when we consider what should replace it. And obviously, the powers that be are not going to take kindly to any change whatsoever. This date is just another guise of Fear and it makes me angry to learn that the most frightened section of society that is buying into ‘the end of the world’ is 12 – 25yr olds.
*And then the little children in Newtown, CT were mowed down by a deranged young man. I thought, too, of the parents in Palestine, Israel, Syria and the DRC.
*And I just today watched a film, Hardwired, and in the opening scenes, a news broadcaster is stating just about exactly what the financial experts, mentioned above, said. A movie loaded with archetype energy motifs. It felt like a weird and eerie co-incidence.
This is Holiday time – the point being that whatever your belief system, as our Sun’s warmth and light decreases greatly, we feel compelled to pick up the slack. We
string lights and cheery, brightly coloured decorations inside our homes and around our garden to help us and passersby to keep the faith, to not give up, to focus on our co-creation work as partners, family members, friends, neighbors, communities. Spring comes as surely as winter…
It seems kinda empty, doesn’t it…I mean, I wouldn’t want to be the one saying something like that to a mom or dad in Newtown.
Yes, of course, we must continue. We must use our amazing ability to compartmentalise events and the reflexive emotions they generate. But, wow, to what extent before it begins to feel ridiculous. How robotic or machine-like will we have to become as we subconsciously wait for our unemployed youth to react?
As you can see, I have had a rollercoaster two weeks of successfully and not so successfully compartmentalising. Many, many of us have. The meaning of the season seems to be in direct contradiction to the reality so many people are living in. Again, I will remind myself and you that these things have always happened, perhaps in different manifestations over the centuries, but we didn’t have satellite news channels telling us about it. Again, I will remind myself and you that just because there are a few looney tunes or downright evil people, it does not mean that everyone is like that. Not everyone is a Wall Street player; not everyone has a machine gun.
Yes, it is good to string the lights and create a cheery environment. But it’s crucial to share that cheer with the people in your orbit – whether you have family close by or not, consider inviting co-workers, fellow students, interns or the one who makes your morning coffee at the cafe, bags your groceries at the store. Maybe you could select by those that return a smile. I really don’t care if I sound corny. That’s one of the perks of blogging: my five minutes on the soapbox.
My point is that we must all start to interact in real time with one another and develop an awareness of the people in our micro-world. Rather than ‘One World Government’, lets focus on our little slice of ‘One World Community’. We have to build relationships with the people that live metres away, not only those via screen thousands of miles away. Bartering, give and take, trust-commerce, parties and funerals have got to re-root for each one of us…with a focus on common denominators and not exclusively by religion or ethnicity, language accent or physical shape. I realize that for most of us, just imagining that will seem weird. It’s no longer quite so natural feeling, I totally agree.
Yet otherwise, we miss the whole point. We let Fear win and a bit more of our humanity dies.*
I am going to focus much more on enjoying each person I am engaging with over the holidays. A kind of ‘serious enjoyment’, if that makes sense. I am also going to be on the lookout for moments to have kind interactions with total strangers that don’t necessarily look anything like me. Who knows where that could lead…At any rate, I am going to consciously appreciate the interactions I have.
I wish you serious enjoyment of those in your micro world, too. Until the light increases in our skies again, may there be more than enough light within us.
candles in the night (Photo credit: Odjuret)
*Its not about feeling like it, by the way. Fact: Thoughts dictate emotions. Intellectually see the wisdom and firmly decide. The feelings are certain to follow. If you need some prompters, just let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org