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
The Cloud Messenger (Meghadūta) is a lyric poem by the respected Indian poet, Kālidāsa. The poem centers around a yaksa in exile. Longing for his beloved, waiting for him on a Himalayan mountain, he asks a cloud to take a message to her. The sights he tells the cloud it will see on its way make up most of the poem.
The idea of recording observations appeals to me. I thought The Cloud Messenger was the perfect title for a blog about the journey that we all make as we move through our days.
I'm a baby boomer who grew up dancing in the streets of Detroit during the classic Motown years, lived beside the Rocky Mountains for many years, now retired and living (and writing full time) in S. Ontario. I have one blog for rock 'n' roll oldies, and one for nature, poetry and life along the Lake.