And the people stayed home by Kitty O’Meara
And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.
That’s a sweet bit of writing there MQ. Dreaming is all well and good. It’s time for action. We’re being bombarded by suggestions from the media that we should all renew our Netflix subscriptions and veg out on the tube. Or learn Spanish. Or bust out that exercycle or trampoline. Nothing wrong with those things. But what if we chose to exercise our responsibilities as CITIZENS to enact change in our governing bodies? Please see my Forum post “When the people lead…”. I don’t care how one feels about the Wall, abortion, or the Second Amendment, it’s time to motivate people to make changes that will possibly provide us with a responsive government. Agreed, people need to think differently: as Citizens, not victims. Be well. Aloha, Steve
MQ, that’s a lovely sentiment you posted but it’s no where near the truth. At least for more people than we realize. Actually it’s a fantasy.
I live in a state that recently posted a statistic – “ The state’s (Alaska) high rate of sexual assault surged by 11% between 2017 and 2018 – nearly four times the national average.” Yes, Domestic abuse and child abuse are huge problems, not just in Alaska but “Nationally”
So while we may think families are home singing Kumbaya the reality is that ever so many children are experiencing hunger, violence, neglect and horror. Many adults as well. I could post many, many, statistics but you’ll can just google them for your area.
Sorry to burst your fantasy bubble, but reality is more horrific than you want to think about.
I grieve and feel now because there will come a time when the realization may be.
- No one is coming to save you.
- Harden up or you won’t make it.
- You better have skills and a community
- You better be able to kill or be killed
That’s the future I see.
Way to go, AKgranny.
Yes, the reports of bad child abuse are currently rising. And the homeless don’t have a fun place to stay. Unfortunately, I have crappy neighbors, sociopathic types, the types that hide out in these rural areas. I think every drunk in Oregon ends up here. I thought of moving, but came to the conclusion the devils I know probably beat the unknowns. I am a survivor, but know life could be taken at any time. Just trying to be sure my neighbors underestimate me.
Also, kudos to the woman with a gun. Every woman should own a gun and her own car.
I once lived with a man who was verbally, emotionally and in the end, physically abusive–once. I gathered change until I had enough to take my kids and leave. I decided then that no one could make me do anything…others might try, but my reactions are in my own hands. My preps are a way of taking control of my food, water, shelter and security. I have no desire to control anyone else, but no one controls me. So…..I can be a builder or a destroyer. My choice. I’m a firm believer in the ‘ripple in a pond’ philosophy. I’ve seen it work both ways in my life. I choose to be a builder.
My life has had its share of tragedy, hardships and difficulty, as has nearly everyone else’s. Do I believe everyone I meet has good intentions? Oh, Hell No. Too much evidence to the contrary. But I try to see life clear-eyed, neither through a haze of unicorn farts and daisies nor through a cloud of bitterness and suspicion.
So–do I live in a fantasy world? Maybe. I just know I can make my corner of it better or worse for those around me. My choice.
Amen to that? MQ
So glad you have courage and are doing well. Was not trying to rain on your post. There is much healing that can happen at home.
Was offering an additional perspective. Your last sentence says it all – we affect those around us.
Great topic, food for thought!