Hard to believe…the last blog posting here in “noofaith” was back around the time of the Boston Marathon bombing, a few years ago.
And now, the world appears to have turned upside down, all over again! A change in leadership in the United States has many people worried about their safety, their health, their future, and even the precarious state of the world.
Oddly, this brings to mind an old symbol that is a perfect description of what we’re all going through. Many would prefer to describe a life journey as rather conventional, point A to point B, in a very straight line.
However, the more we experience “real life,” the more we realize that life doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t even resemble an orderly spiral.
Actually, it’s much more like a disorganized doodle or squiggle. Because with all the twists and turns, detours and switchbacks, unexpected stops and starts — nothing at all is predictable, traditional, or normal. And to be honest, it probably never was. But it’s even more crazy today.
We can ask ourselves, “So what do we do about it?” Some have chosen to march, to protest, to let out a wide range of feelings, at every point on the spectrum. Anger. Depression. Fear. A sense of betrayal. A deep-seated need to bring about change — NOW!
Others turn inward, exploring their spirituality in a different way. Meditating. Praying. Getting in touch with our inner child. Or simply vegging out. Sometimes our outlets might be the expression of feelings through the creative arts… drawing, sculpture, music, writing, performance, visual images, design. Other times we may turn our energies towards caring for others.
One truth about our world is the fact that there are as many different people (and talents and gifts and attitudes and feelings and styles of learning or communication) as there are colors in a rainbow. And so it is with faith. Building walls around others who look, act, or believe differently is counterproductive in the long run. Because to cut out even one part of this incredible mosaic of human life is to diminish each of us a hundredfold, since we would no longer have that particular “difference” as part of our collective experience.
Imagine saying, “I don’t like purple,” and eliminating it entirely. We’d be that much poorer for one less color in our daily lives.
I might not share the political opinion of my neighbor. But his or her presence is a vital and necessary part of our common life here on Earth. And together — ONLY TOGETHER — can we go forward, righting the wrongs, addressing the hurts, and reclaiming what we know to be the true path to peace: love and compassion for one another, not hatred, bitterness, divisiveness, injustice, and suspicion.