We are all in this together. It's an expression we have heard repeated a lot lately, and it is true. But it is not just during this crisis, but in every moment from our first breath to our last.
Every choice we make, from what we think and what we do impacts all others on this planet.
"The thought manifests as the word; the word manifests as the deed; the deed develops into habit; and habit develops into character. So watch the thought and its way with care, and let it spring from love. Born out of concern for all beings."
These words were spoken many years ago by a man, just like us, named Siddhartha Guatama and they ring true through the ages.
Love is the answer. This is the foundation of all religions. Nothing beats kindness...another phrase we all know intuitively as our heart warms when we witness, hear of, or perform an expression of lovingkindness.
These acts are occurring all around us, especially as we have more time to be attentive to what matters most and have slowed down our pace and limited our distractions.
This can be a time of.healing, a time to truly "come together", to make changes in our path of division, separation, of "us" and "them".
Children, as well as adults have an opportunity for educating ourselves and growing right now in what matters most in life; not waiting until illness or death to be reminded of how to live and love well.
Another wise man named Rumi said, "Which is worth more; a crowd of thousands or your own genuine solitude? Freedom, or power over an entire nation? A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given to you."
Embrace your time to be "bored". It is a time for personal growth. Don't miss this opportunity to reset your path and learn from this time of unprecedented change that none of us chose, but was presented to all of us. And don't miss the opportunity by being in the virtual world the whole time.
Get outside and experience the renewal and rebirth of nature. It is a classroom for all of us to learn from.
The words from a pastoral letter of the bishops of Appalachia state it so well, "They sing of a life free and simple, with time for one another's needs, based on the dignity of the human person, at one with nature's beauty..."
Our choices impact all other living things. Even a tiny spark of fire can set alight a mountain of hay, so can acts of loneliness heal ourselves, our world, and our planet. So chose wisely for the good of all.
Kevin and Theresa Clark