Sunday, July 22, 2018
Thankfulness in the Midst of So Much Torrential Darkness
Of late, with so many destructive, intolerant, oppressive movements, leaders, events--and the lying nature of it all--humans are reacting (understandably, but wrongly).
We as humans need to stand up in the torrential storm of now--and ACT, not react.
BEGIN WITH THANKFULNESS
1. Begin this new journey through hell, in the midst of torrential hurricanes, by starting with choosing despite all that is horrific.
Choose to find the little positives even in the midst of so much bad.
Choose thankfulness, not negativity.
Various others ways of rising up, include:
2. Act in nonviolence in thought and speech, as well as behavior.
3. Care by active, compassionate listening to others, especially our enemies, trying to see and understand their views and feelings.
4. Be meticulously honest in all that we say and do.
5. Give to those who suffer, who are oppressed, who feel hopeless.
BUT HOW IN THE WORLD CAN ONE BECOME THANKFUL WHEN SUFFERING SO?!
By remembering what the famous psychologist Victor Frankyl (neurologist and psychiatrist, a Holocaust survivor) said:
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
Focus on CHOOSING in the midst of trauma.
And by seeking to help others who are suffering even worse.
To paraphrase the famous poet, Maya Angelou:
Act as a caring rainbow--a guiding light--in the midst of others' torrential storms.
Create through hope. Start by sharing thankfulness.
In the Light,