Should We Choose Joy . . . .
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
. . . when the world is in such a mess?
That's one of the questions I've been thinking about, in reaction to more comments on yesterday's blog: still considering what it is we would want to be expert at.
There are real problems in the world at the moment -- universal problems. Economic, political, social. In so many different ways exacerbated by the pandemic.
And for so many of us, there's so little we can do to make any of these big problems better. Other than practice kindness towards others when we have the opportunity.
Our part is the distinctly unheroic part on the sidelines. Sanitizing, masking, social distancing. That's what we can do. All we can do. As we wait patiently for our turn to be vaccinated.
And while we wait on the sidelines? There's no value for anybody in remaining in a stage of agitation. Fear, stress, pressure, discouragement.
It seems to me that one of the best ways of honouring the work of those in the "front lines" , who are heroically doing what they can to sustain life, is to live life. To let life live us. To permit ourselves to be surprised by the persistence of joy, even in tough times.
Do we want to focus all of our attention and time on misery? To become experts at misery?
Or do we want to focus our attention and time on what makes life worth living? In gratitude.
To feel the haven of our homes.
To see the delicate tracery of snow, fiercely blown into the bark of the birch trees.