“From a little spark may burst a mighty flame.” -David Alighieri
Our thoughts come as quick as the strike of a match, and without paying much attention the thought it ignites…can warm our house or burn it down.
When we strike the match of fear, mindfulness gives us the opportunity to blow it out before that fear turns into a might flame of anxiety and stress.
That little spark of fear has been ignited under our country and it’s burst into a might flame. It’s burning away our hope and we’re feeding the flame with our own logs of fear.
Some of us keep throwing our buckets of hope on the fire trying to put the flame of fear out. It’s as exhausting as the firefighter who works hard to put a forest fires out. When it gets that out of control you have to fight fire with fire to keep it form going any further, meeting somewhere in the middle.
Right now voting is the only way we have to fight this flame of fear burning. If you don’t want to vote because you think it doesn’t matter than you’re ignoring the very fire that will eventually affect you. If you don’t know who to vote for simple go inside yourself deep down into your soul and ask for guidance. Which vote will contribute to the fire of fear and which one will help us to find a place closer to the middle where it can begin to burn out.
Even lady liberty is frustrated with our country and it’s political system.
Maybe she’s simple embarrassed to be seen as the first symbol of freedom and justice for all?
Maybe she’s irritated with the two candidates running for president who don’t represent the county she has stood many years for?
Maybe she feels like the country she’s come to represent is falling apart?
Maybe right now she represents how we all feel?
Every parent and grandparent knows the moment when this innocent child begins to be influenced by those around them, and all the things that exist in our own little world. We say and do things in front of the children without even thinking how it sinks into their psyches. It’s just another example of the responsibility we each have. That responsibility begins with our own changed heart, and what we try to understand and make better will be reflected in our own actions. As a grandparent, I ask myself what can I do to leave behind a better world for my grandchildren. I’m reminded of the St. Francis prayer once again. “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” In wanting to change the world for the better, than I have to change myself first. I must become the example by the way I live my life. So it means a real examination of conscious. What is it that I need to weed out of my beliefs and thoughts that stands in the way of the better good for all?