First let me apologize for skipping a month and a half from blogging.
As a “feeler” I have to sit with my feelings for a bit and get a handle on them; a settling down, so to speak. There have been a lot of “feelings.” Mostly feelings of bewilderment, incomprehension, and astonishment. A struggle of where we are as a country and as a global nation. And how can we move forward. I am a process person; “let’s get moving.”
As a country we seem to be stuck, and I find that bewildering and incomprehensible. The most exercise I have gotten in the last few months is shaking my head in confusion and lack of understanding.
Somewhere along my educational journey, I learned that each of us is responsible for forming our conscience. And how we form our conscience is to seek out reliable information and data coupled with a set of common shared values with which to make reasonable adult decisions in terms of following our conscience.
I recall once, pre-covid and pre “pay everything by cc,” a clerk at a grocery store gave me back too much money. Honesty being part of my formed conscience, I handed him back the extra change. Actually, the clerk was annoyed because he had to make some kind of “report change” in the cash register. But I was driven by my formed conscience to be honest.
Currently, “truth” seems to have become a relative term. Evidently there are an abundance of COVID guidebooks filled with misinformation. And many of our neighbors, family members, and church mates are making their decisions based on misinformation. What is discouraging for me is that some public figures and leaders who are considered intelligent and well educated are the bearers of this misinformation. (More head shaking.) What gives? Is it simply a rebellions power-play? When did the common good and a shared common set of values disappear? Are people so bored and disengaged that they sow division simply for lack of something better to do?
We’ve lost so much; shared common values for the good of all being one. We say in the Pledge of Allegiance that we are ONE nation under God. But we’re not.
We are a broken nation, a divided nation, an angry nation, and a gun-toting nation. That does not bode well.
So, what to do? Each of us reading this blog continues to search and seek for a deeper understanding of Truth. Each of us in our own little corner of our nation seeks and builds unity whether it be by simple kindnesses; generosity; caring for those who otherwise would be ignored; taking the time; making the effort to build community in various and sundry ways. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is lost. Let me close with a quote which is attributed to Mahatma Gandhi.
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man (woman) changes his/her own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him/her. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi seems to be saying that the “ball of Truth and Unity” is in each of our courts (hearts).
P.S. It is two years this month that I launched The Annunciation Blog. I would be quite remiss if I did not mention that the person who makes this blog possible is Kathy W. Kathy is the “behind the scenes” producer. She takes the blog, formats it; double checks for any grave errors; adds a photo, and sends it out. The blog would not arrive in your email box except for Kathy.