Tuesday, September 23, 2008

IN OUR TIME


Fellow blogger Bobbie, at Almost There, has given The Cloud Messenger a blog award, along with some very kind words about the posts, particularly the ones about caring for our planet. My heartfelt thanks to you, Bobbie! And while we're on the subject, this might be a good time to post a follow-up I’ve been working on for a while (it was written before the current financial debacle) and was kind of waiting for the “right time” to. Here it is:

A while back (July 25/08) I put up a post here, more of a rant really, in the form of an “open letter” to all the bigwig politicians, and the industrial and financial giants of the world. Every since I posted it, I’ve felt kind of bad. Not for them, they certainly deserve a blast, but for what I didn’t say. I really wanted to end things on a more positive note, and so I going to fix that here and now.

These days, many people feel that the slippery slope we’ve been on for quite a while already has suddenly gotten steeper and slipperier, both domestically and internationally. Sometimes it feels like we’re rushing headlong into an unwholesome apocalyptic future. It’s pretty obvious we can’t continue with the status quo very much longer. We yearn for solutions, for better days of peace, freedom, and prosperity for all. The good new is, if we can dream it, we can have it; it will come. In fact, it can’t not come. It’s the very truth the Universe is made of. In the metaphysical community, it is said, “What you focus on expands.” I also believe it’s the same basic principle behind of the biblical story of the loaves and fishes. There is more than enough of everything to go around. And while I believe we are heading in that positive direction, there’s no guarantee that the path will always be smooth.

So, with that in mind I’d like to say that now, more than ever, it’s important not to be overtaken by fear and/or despair over the way things are going. It’s important that we keep our hopes focused on vision of the world we want, and not the world we don’t want. That’s not to say we should ignore the terrible political and meteorological events going on in the world. We are still bound by our common humanity to help each other, as well as the mute fellow creatures we share the planet with. But informed awareness and morbid dwelling on are two different things, and the distinction is crucial precisely because “What you focus on expands.”

Here is a YouTube video of a Bob Seger song with a really powerful message. Listening to “In Your Time” always renews my faith and hope, and reminds me to keep my eye and mind on the world as we dream it can be.





Photo from Creative Commons
Video from YT memeber cooltot

6 comments:

Dianne said...

Inspiring! Thank You.

Bobbie was certainly right about you :)

I keep telling myself that "we'll be fine, in our time" and try to put into action deeds that take us there.

Sylvia K said...

You always say it beautifully,as always and thank you for reminding us all -- again, that there is always hope even though that is sometimes hard to grasp when we're faced with the situation we are today. But I know there is and we can all help bring about the change we so desperately need.

bobbie said...

Thank you, Deborah. I really needed that.

Kathiesbirds said...

Congrats on the award from bobbie. She is such a sweetie. I found you through her. Lots of good info in these posts. Keep up the good work!

storyteller said...

I saw Bobbie's link to your blog and am glad I popped over ... because I so much agree with what you've shared here. In fact, in a conversation with a friend yesterday I pointed out much the same thing ... reminding him that we need to create spaces in our thinking to allow for solutions to emerge rather than get caught up in 'either/or' thinking and swept into negativity or 'taking action' too quickly ... just because we feel the need to do SOMETHING. My Monday Motivator this week was my attempt to remember and remind others. Thank you ...
Hugs and blessings,

Pagan Sphinx said...

Dianne said it: inspiring. thoughtful. Hopeful. All things we need in spades. Thank you. Sometimes it is hard for me to come back to places I like...my meander way too much. I hope to be back, is what I am intending to say. :-)