A Word to the Troubled

randy-heinitzThe holiday season is upon us, and that’s easier for some people than others.

The election just happened, and that’s easier for some people than others.

The winter is here, and that means more dark and cold for a while, and that’s easier for some people than others.

We’re getting older, and the kids are leaving, and that’s easier for some people than others.

And the people around us, the ones “above us” generation-wise, are having different challenges than they did before, and that’s easier for some people than others.

The kids are moving on and out, and that’s easier for some people than others.

The world seems, in some ways, to be in despair, and that’s easier for some people than others.

But none of this is new.

The holidays, election cycles, seasons, generations, health, aging – all of that has been happening since time and society began.

What’s the same is that some of us just have a trickier time with things than others.

If that’s Beautiful You, be gentle with yourself. But keep moving, too. When you are static, the voices seem to get louder. And they say stupid, fatalistic stuff.

Like you’re not going to be okay, your loved ones won’t be okay, the world won’t be okay.

And it all seems really, really real.

But here is what is also real: LOVE.

Generously applied. To all, even those we disagree with. Cause fear and repulsion don’t build alliances. They don’t allow us to connect with the humanity of all.

Love. And Right Action, whatever that looks like in your world.

We can do this. Together.

Love, Jen

photo: flickr, Randy Heinitz

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One Response to A Word to the Troubled

  1. Jen says:

    Thank you, this was well timed for me! Been having a rough time for a few weeks, not just with the election (but it didn’t help). :-/ Despair takes a long time to build, but is still difficult to counter in your own head! I appreciate your kind and insightful words.

    How is your lunch project working? Is it helping for you?

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