Thank you so much for sharing again your heart just as it is now. I hear you. I feel all the weight of this world with you. And without any hesitation, I can assure you that this crushing feeling of being overwhelmed by what’s going on out there is something that we collectively share.
This world is, indeed, a very terrifying place. Once we slow down a little, once we’re less focused on our daily life, we get a larger perspective… which can be really soul crushing. So much violence, so many behaviors that seem irrational, so many important values that are denied everyday while we all crave for simple things… such as loving and being loved. It is, objectively, scary, especially since it takes an instant to destroy, and so much time to rebuilt what is broken.
You’re aware that we can’t solve every problem though. As human beings, there’s only so much we can do. Does that mean that we have to give up on hope though? Of course not. And yes, through all the things that we can’t control, there are things we can do. We don’t need to be a superhero, to extend ourselves without measure or push ourselves beyond our limits to contribute at our own scale and make this world a better place. Superman is a fictional character anyway. But in this very tangible reality, the moment you start to reflect on yourself, the moment you try to learn and be a better person, you are a hero. Especially because this world is a wild, wild place to live in.
To stop focusing on the wrong that’s happening out there is part of the solution, but it’s not a realistic expectation either. You’ll keep being hit by a deep feeling of injustice because injustice will still being around us tomorrow. And you know what? It’s okay to feel that way. Good actions start with a sense of indignation. But there’s a balance to find in the way we process those feelings. Do we want to be stuck in rumination and pain, or do we want to turn this pain into something that will help us grow? Again, it doesn’t have to be a revolutionary process. There’s no small step in this world, no progress that would be too small or insignificant. Every contribution matters, whether it’s made for the good of others or ourselves. Taking care of our own light will keep being reflected to others, directly or not, through our behaviors, the words we choose, our capacity to be vulnerable in a world that keeps making us ashamed for having emotions… if not for loving people! I believe it takes a lot of strength to be ourselves, to be real, to be true.
You have a beautiful heart. It’s your strength. Your inner spark. So keep it safe, friend. Cherish it, as much as possible. This world has and will always manifest so many ways to take that light away from you. But you have what it takes to keep it. And even more, to use it in ways that would make this world a better place.
I’d like to encourae you, today, try to take a moment to embrace a bit of silence and solitude, if you’re comfortable with it. If that’s possible for you, maybe even consider spending some time in nature. Our world is messy, noisy, but when we listen carefully, mother Earth’s is also full of a life that awaits us to hear it. Hear the wind caressing the trees, the song of birds, see your reflection in a water puddle and breathe, breathe deeply the air that’s available for you. There’s a sense of grounding to find all around us, through the consistency of the sun rising up and going down everyday and every night. There’s beauty to find in the kind gestures and words, in the smile of someone, or even just in the scent of a warm coffee in the morning. It may seem like it’s nothing in the grand scheme of things, but our world is made of all of those interactions and all those natural cycles that keeps happening everyday. It’s still there, all around us, and it’s also up to us to learn to see it, to embrace it, to treasure it.
Slow down, breathe deeply. This world runs very fast and will keep running anyway. Sometimes we need to jump a little bit out of the train so we can finally enjoy the view around us. It’s not selfish, it’s not naive, it’s not about being a hippy and it’s not denial. It’s only what we need, sometimes, as human beings. To focus on what is simple, grounding, and essential.