That we are in a time of great change should not be denied.
This is nothing new. Every generation or two, major upheaval occurs. It is the way of life, of nature, of the world.
Change frightens because it involves differences and challenges the status quo. As social creatures, humans are inherently uncomfortable with difference. Yet, it is necessary and unavoidable no matter how loudly we protest.
Will this movement be positive, negative, neutral? No one is bright enough to know for certain. We can only guess through the context of our filters and biases and prejudices. And we might just be wrong. So remain humble. Just because those around you think and look and talk and act as you do doesn’t make you right. It makes you part of a group.
Control what is within your power, observe and adjust to what is not, and remember that, ultimately, we all share one tiny little place as it hurtles through the stars.
When the hurricanes hit, no one cares about politics or religion or gender or sexuality or race. No one asks who you voted for when they’re drowning.
Practice a bit of safe drowning every day. Before you blast another with words or thoughts or actions, ask yourself if, regardless of their beliefs, you would reject their hand in a time of life or death.
If the answer is ‘no,’ then be human, be gentle, seek common ground and practice respect. If the answer is ‘yes,’ you are already dead. Your body just hasn’t caught up.
And don’t forget the little joys that are the real reason we exist–smiling at a stranger, laughter, the wind in your face, coffee, a strong hug, music, books, long walks, making love, climbing trees, coloring, and talking with friends (that thing we did before everyone started posting comments).
It’s just life, children. This too shall pass.