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Super Powers

The most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st century will occur, not because of technology, but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human.
— John Naisbitt, Megatrends 2000

Winter Solstice is three weeks away and, as in past years, my response to the holiday craziness is to shift the focus here and to create for my visitors a daily haven of calm and an oasis of peace. But peace comes from our actions. So with our beloved Graces guiding us, I invite you to become a candle of hope and peace, by performing one daily act of kindness.

I’ve been hearing a lot about the U.S. being “the last superpower,” the “only remaining superpower,” and so forth. This especially comes up in the context of what the experts have declared to now be the fading of America’s superpower status in world affairs.

I won’t argue with the experts, but I would suggest that they are completely overlooking the number one superpower on Earth; and one that is just now coming into its own — namely, the force of people when they come together for a common cause.

Of course, that has always been the case, but now, in a time when we can be in instant contact with one another, just about anywhere on the globe, we have a self-awareness of our power that is unprecedented. And unstoppable.

We have seen the power of this in the spontaneous responses of individuals that organize and form structures outside the old institutions, in order to better serve the needs of those in crisis.

For example, it is obvious that the U.S. government failed miserably in its aid for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Three years after the disaster, the struggle to return to normalcy continues. Sadly, little thanks are due to comatose response of government institutions and bureaucracies.

Instead, much progress was made because of the individual volunteers who poured into the Gulf Coast areas. In small, private groups, working directly with the local residents, they continue to personally rebuild, restore and heal the damage. (And by the way, if you’d like to help the post-Katrina efforts, you can go here or here.)

So while my intention for the next weeks before Solstice is for us to shine ourselves as candles of hope, the acts of kindness I suggest are not only for fluffy bunny good vibes. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

The world certainly needs a gentle hand reaching out every day, from every one of us. But we also need to realize our power when we do such acts.

Notice, when you do good, how strongly it impacts your emotions, your sense of yourself, and your awareness of your own personal power. Just thinking about it is a positive charge of energy. But following through and actually acting will give you a tremendous high.

And many of us intentionally performing daily acts of kindness will impact things in profound ways, far beyond the scope of our local experience.

So here’s another suggestion for today. Why not buy an inexpensive bouquet of flowers, and drop it off at your local hospital or nursing home? Include an anonymous note of cheer and blessings.

The nurse on duty will know exactly who needs it most.

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  • December 3, 2008, 12:36 pm conniewonnie13

    One thing that I do to dissolve depression is to speak with or engage in conversation with at least one person whom I do not know, if not daily, then every time I have the chance.

    Two weeks a go I met a young man at a bus stop in downtown Minneapolis because he said that I looked just like a friend of his that had died a few years back. It was freezing outside and his jacket was unzipped and torn. Maybe he was homeless or a wanderer. He looked as if he was seeing a ghost and I felt compelled to talk with him. We made direct eye contact, we laughed about a few things and he asked me if I knew the music of Ani Difranco because his friend played music like that… It seemed that we were both glad to meet each other.

    I know I’m wandering a bit but it’s so important to remember the power we have to create our lives and our communities… I felt 100 times better when he turned to go than I’d felt in a few days. I hope that he left having seen the face of someone he cared for in our laughter because it sure felt that way.

    We are not alone and it’s so easy to say hello. It does a body good.

    Thank you for this post:)

  • December 3, 2008, 4:03 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Connie! Thank you so much for sharing that.. I have tears in my eyes.. This is exactly what I’m talking about.. What a lovely experience..

    We may never know how a smile, a touch, a small act of compassion can make all the difference to someone..

    Blessings to you, and to the young man, wherever he is..

  • December 3, 2008, 4:58 pm Star

    You are amazing as always! The photo of the wise woman elder in your post, is so appropriate for me this week. I am visiting a friend’s aging mother at the rehab center after a hospital stay. She is anxious and scared when alone at this strange place. It is lonely, boring and noisy with the activity of the nursing home/rehab center. There is not enough staff to respond adequately to all needs. It is SO important for individuals who are in residence in places like this to have visitors! A friendly face is the light in their day. Sharing a song or a joke, reading a poem or the newspaper, rubbing lotion into a dry hand, hugs, filling a bird feeder outside the window…these simple acts make a big difference! Individuals with no family or small or scattered families really need visitors because their family members cannot be with them often enough and they are not mobile enough to seek out companionship. Lets not forget these wise women and men who have contributed in many ways to our lives and now need some love and attention. I encourage everyone to visit a nursing home or assisted living center now to get involved in some way and not wait until a loved one must endure the waiting, longing, anxious moments in a strange, scary place with only the TV for company.

    We will all age eventually…


  • December 3, 2008, 5:24 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Starflower – you are so right..
    Thank you for this timely reminder…

    As a matter of fact, I worked as Social Services Director for a skilled nursing facility in St. Petersburg, FL, long ago, and while there are many families who are devastated to have to place their loved one in this kind of care, and who faithfully visit and care for them, there are also many, many elders who are forgotten, like thrown away people.

    At this time of year, nursing homes are often bustling with families and the attention of various altruistic organizations. I used to have trouble sometimes (welcome trouble, of course!) juggling all the outpouring of generosity..

    But then.. there would be eleven other very lonely months of the year.

    And as you point out – it takes so little to make a huge difference.

    Thanks again for sharing..