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.