Monsoon Sunrise, photo by Sharon
When you arise in the morning,
give thanks for the morning light,
for your life and strength.
Give thanks for your food
and the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks,
the fault lies in yourself.
Earth Prayers from Around the World
Stymied, waylaid, paralyzed, sad, disappointed, angry, hopeless, helpless. Dismayed.
I have found myself feeling all of the above at many times over the last several months –
for Us, Now
for Earth and All of Her Inhabitants, Now
for the Future
for the Young, the Old, the Middle Aged
for Those who have worked tirelessly for close to a century to try and repair the damage that was and is being done
for those of Us who have the choice to make better decisions, but who choose not to
for Those who don’t have choices
for Those who don’t have the opportunity to learn
for the Innocents whose wisdom and voices are ignored
I was quite taken by the beauty of the Monsoon Sunrise that my friend Sharon was lucky to witness and photograph. She graciously shared it with me. I kept going back to her text message – looking at the photo again and again. It was speaking to me.
Initially, I intended to focus this blog on Goodness – as I see It. I had no intention of giving space to the opposite.
I do hold the belief, however, that Light is defined, to some extent, by Darkness. Likewise, with Right & Wrong, Love & Hate, Kindness & Aggression, Peace & War, and…………Good & Evil. Reasoning then, that acknowledging the Dark allows the Light to shine even brighter; that witnessing Wrong may move Us to take action for Right.
So, going forward, I’ll be giving some space in this blog to the opposite of Goodness – as I see It and feel It – as background and contrast to Goodness. It is my hope and my belief that this will allow the seeds of Goodness to germinate profusely, create great and strong networks of root structures, grown en masse, and thus create an inhospitable environment for Evil, or whatever you wish to call the opposite of Good.
And, so it is that my dear friend’s photo of this unusual and beautiful sunrise has been softly speaking to me. I hope it speaks to you too.