I just finished writing a blog but didn't publish it because it was about nothing. Words on a page, some funny antidotes but the words didn't mean anything. In this time when there is so much shifting in our world, I can hardly find the words to capture how I feel. The media portrays a violent, frightening world that seems very far away from my sweet Norman Rockwell neighborhood. I know those stories are happening, atrocity, scandal, genocide, hunger, disease, financial devastation - and yet when I am walking my dog around our professionally landscaped neighborhood, people sitting on their porches sipping sweet tea, children playing soccer in the green space, birds chirping and music drifting through the air from an outdoor concert a mile down the road - I can't seem to connect with what I see on TV. I'm not sure if that is good or bad - but its the truth. Am I supposed to be more upset than I am? Am I supposed to be more outraged than I feel? Am I supposed to do something - like really DO something?
And then I remember, I am doing something. I get on my knees every morning and ask God to direct my thoughts and actions. I am raising two conscientious, loving boys. I am an active member in my community. I am of service to many. I am aware of the world and the pain people face. And most importantly - I pray, I believe, I have faith in the goodness that exists in the world. I believe of the many horrible things that are reported in a day, there are more good things that go unreported that same day.
I can see my brother-in-law's face right now. He is rolling his eyes and shaking his head like I am from planet La-La Land. But I disagree. My feet are planted right here on Earth. I just choose to believe in good. I have to believe in good. If I don't - I am not certain I would get out of bed each day. Believing in good isn't negating the bad. It's a choice of where to focus my energy. Our human experience is more than sickness and flags and depression and war and debates and court decisions and work and exercise and money and whatever else media deems as important that day. My human experience includes that - plus love and generosity and delicious food and laughter and hugs and fresh air and comfy beds and nature and holding hands and travel and funny emoji's and good acting and friendship and, and, and...
If I am to do more, more will be put in front of me. If I am to do different, different will be revealed. As an active participant in my own life, I live ready. And living ready is a huge responsibility that I gladly accept as a resident of plant Earth.
Lori Ann Dinkins
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