We are watching and listening to so much negativity — things happening around the world that force our minds into combative moods — that it is a wonder we don’t wake up with unsettling nightmares still clinging to our consciousness. We are steeped in hatred and lies from both sides of the political arena; the news reports unrest escalating to violence all over the globe.
Something has to change.
It’s not a simple task – after all we have invested our energies and our attention to what has been going on so that our focus has narrowed to seeing only what appears to be destruction. It doesn’t matter on which political side you stand – or even if you are still on the fence about how you want to vote – this position we find ourselves in is not a comfortable one for the world, for our country, or for ourselves. We cannot continue to breathe in hate and anger, clinching our fists and biting our tongues – or spewing vitriol messages of fear-inducing hatred. It simply is not healthy.
Something must change.
A “Marshmallow Message” came in today’s email that spoke of the change of perspective the whole world was able to manage when pictures were returned to us from our space explorations in the 1960’s. Suddenly we were forced to actually see our world from a distance. Our minds could no longer think of the isolation each of us had, when we could see the whole of our world in a glance. Science was stopped short because they had been teaching a geography that maintained a separatist point of view. Seeing the shapes and patterns of continents that had slipped apart opened up a new awareness and avenue of thought: tectonics.
Change your lens’ fuzzy focus.
In this instance, our lens may even have gotten scratched or fogged over when we allowed our emotional camera to be dragged along with the momentum of chaos. We have not been keeping that camera close at hand, nor have we been caring for it properly. It has picked up grit and grime and needs a loving and careful hand to pick it up, brush it off and cradle it.
Hold that camera to your eye and look through the lens again. What do you see? What is in the foreground, is it in focus? Or have you been focusing on the background because of the noisy attention of those matters you have no control over.
Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. YOU are the one who matters right now. Have you allowed your worry and anxiety to affect your health and wellbeing? Self-care is always the first step in helping any one else. Just as the airline personnel say when the airbags drop from the ceiling…”Place the mask on your own face first.” Bring the focus back to what you are able to take care of – that is you — and that which is yours to do.
Remember this: God is everywhere present – there is no place that God cannot be. That means God is in the details… yes in the very midst of the chaos, God is. You don’t have to solve the world problems. What we do is pray for the clear focus of our leaders – and we hold to that Faith.