Anything that happens in our world, at any point of the day or night, is nothing more than an invitation for us to consider investing our energy, dreams, and emotions. AND any unconscious investment of those dreams, emotions, or energy automatically amplifies whatever gets our attention.
Barrages of tweets, name calling, and portraits of a world in turmoil pervade our political dialogue and media today. They individually and collectively issue an invitation to invest our energy in fear and anger. If we accept the way situations are framed by politicians, pollsters, and media, then we, often unwittingly, make the situation more scary and make ourselves more fearful about how bad things are or will be.
Are there events calling attention to the treatment of members of our society that have been wrong for a long time? Absolutely. Will we solve them peaceably and wisely by feeling more scared and imagining how bad things could get? Absolutely not. Investing in fear, rather than in focused and thoughtful reflection about where we want to invest our energy only makes the situation worse. Responding with fear amplifies fear.
A clear-headed response with thoughtful insights about what we want to bring into the world amplifies light and inclusivity. We might ask ourselves, when issued the invitation to choose fear, how else we could respond that would add more light and love. Rather than musing and fussing about a world gone wrong, a political environment that disgusts us, and individual and community lives in turmoil, how might we invest the power of human creativity and light to create the world we want to live in?
As I was writing my blog entry, my friend Valerie sent the perfect illustration of responding to the darkness with human creativity invested in adding more light to this world. I am not the mother of a black son, wife of a black man, or leader dedicated to advancing black men, however, I can still lend the light that is mine to give to one who is all those things, AND one who invests her human creativity to create a better world for all.
I have, with her permission, copied it into this entry on feeding light. Perhaps it will cause you to consider where and how you will invest your light. Read the rest of this entry »