Earlier today, I was jotting down notes for this blog. Just after mid-terms and reading the news, this question came to mind. What’s too big to ignore?
The answer? CONFLICT.
The world we live in is full of conflict. We read it in the news. We see it in our streets. We live it in our families. Politics and religion have done more to divide us than I ever thought possible. It is unsettling and disheartening. I don’t know about you, but it sucks the air out of me.
Yet, we all need to breathe. We can’t hide from the conflict that separates us. We can’t ignore those we disagree with. It is up to each of us to find our way back to simple and basic trust. I know…not so easy!
I love this quote from Bob Dylan.
“May you always do for others and let others do for you.”
The solution is simple. TRUST. However, the journey to trust - not so easy.
The journey requires:
Sincere curiosity about others and their ideas.
Willingness to embrace differences.
Being open to change.
Interest in finding the good in each other.
Patience – with ourselves and each other.
If we are serious about this journey, then we must…
Choose to head into this adventure.
Make noise for what is right and good.
Stand firm to ensure we’re heard.
Stare down discomfort and fear.
Embrace our vulnerability.
This last one – vulnerability – is not easy for me. I’ve always felt a need to be stubbornly strong. It’s taken me time to understand that strength comes when we also embrace our vulnerabilities. Those vulnerabilities are what make us perfect. Perfect human beings. Our vulnerabilities are what drive us to seek each other out for support, friendship, family, and community. And when we lose sight of those bonds, we lose sight of trust.
What’s too big to ignore? Our humanity…by seeking to do for others and letting others do for us.