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Finding strength in Times of Crisis

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Who am I now? In light of all these profound universal changes and challenges what would I do, if I only had a few more months to live? What do I need to be at peace and just accept everything as it is today? Who do I love? Who do I need to forgive? A simple virus, and perhaps other factors has made us more fearful and less trusting. In a sense, all of our individual freedoms have been temporarily stripped away in the name of the common good. What is affecting us most right now is the social media… where we get our information and people get to show their true selves, whether it is blaming and judging others, or even just trying to profit from other’s misfortune. Our sense of security as humans has been put in question. The corona virus has become more than a respiratory illness that can kill the most vulnerable. It has become a story that we all need to process and share. I feel sad for the people whose health is already compromised. I feel devastated for the countries who have suffered so many losses, and I feel angry at the selfish behaviours of those who have let their fears contaminate the common decency of caring and sharing with others. This is not the time for that. The test of humanity lies in how we have evolved. Do not let your fear consume you to the point of hurting your neighbour. Be responsible and do your best.

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International Women’s Day

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Happy International Women’s Day! It is another beautiful Sunday. And although we may not feel so grateful that we have the right to vote or to work or have our own bank account, it is important to remember that many women in the world are still subjugated to severe forms of oppression. Some so ugly I can’t even think about them. But even in the modern world I see many “free” women oppressing themselves in a variety of ways. Sometimes it is for comfort or convenience, someone else has the money or status, other times it is for fear of success, constantly putting other people’s needs before their own, and then of course life itself creates many distractions and obstacles as well. How we live out our patterns of subordination is usually the direct result of those messages we received in our family of origin. I know what mine were and I am still working to overcome them. Beyond that, it is still more difficult for a woman to be recognized for her insights and brilliance. But we can recognize each other, and we can work together in solidarity to say “THIS is what truly matters to us.” What is the next step? Is our role to challenge old systems and re-create new ones, help other women in the global context, promote a more healing and nurturing society? In focusing on a vision that goes beyond all those negative patterns and social pressures, we inevitably will make a difference. And for all the women who have been violated and had their rights taken away, even if it was just for a moment, I am very very sorry that happened to you. And I hope today, you don’t feel alone.