Hello World! I Pray this post finds you all well, and in the best and brightest of Spirits! (If I’ve ever personally written you a letter, that may seem familiar, but please don’t let it diminish the intent, nor the depth and seriousness of my saying so. And if I haven’t, I start many letters similarly, and mean it no less here than there, though I am unable to personalize it thus said to the “world”! LOL)
I believe I stated before, and to my watchers it was painfully obvious, I was ‘AFK’ for several years, but am now back, and getting back to what matters in my Life! Namely, the Living thereof, and doing those things, and supporting those things that matter most, to me, to my Family, Friends, and Loved Ones.
Life’s trials left me out of touch. Out of touch with those whom I care(d) most about, out of touch with my “true” self, unreachable, except by the most devout, and truest of Friends and Family. It taught me a lot too. About my self, about others, and about the U.S. we live in (NOT to be confused with the “world”, though we could honestly say “…our own little world“), the state I live in, and what these things mean to me. My likes, dislikes, hopes, Prayers, even my Beliefs, though unquestioned, changed. For the better in most cases. My “views” have certainly changed. As did my view. I’ve come to a much greater appreciation of the Serenity Prayer, most often recited at substance abuse programs I don’t require. It goes something like this:
“God, grant me the strength to accept those things I cannot change. The courage to change those things I can. And the Wisdom to know the difference.”
We are in a terrible state these days. Largely, if not completely, of our own doing. We allowed, by simply not participating, a man less qualified than any before him to become President… a position that is SUPPOSED to be reserved for someone who represents the ideals, and desires for change of the U.S. populous. Do you feel fairly, equally, and/or honestly represented? I’m not.
Our Mother Earth is weeping and trembling at every pour, for the great and horrific damage(s) we’ve done, and are continuing to do to Her! She bore us, and nurtures us still! But without drastic and immediate changes to our practices and habits of consumption, She will no longer be able to support us, and we will no longer have a planet to call home… We’ll simply cease to be. Are you secure in/about our future? I’m not.
Overall, the acts of violent crime(s) have been decreasing over the past 20 years, and yet the media reports and shows us these things 4 times as much! But we are not removed from the guilt of it, for we are tuned in, linked, “liked”, and “favorites” of each and every despicable display of the failings of ourselves, and the system(s) which are SUPPOSED to be making things “better”, “easier”, more livable, not less. Are you okay, or worse, happy with this? I’m not.
Families are on the fall, single parenting on the rise, and we are more Plugged in and Disconnected than we’ve ever been, through the advent of the very technology that professes to be bringing us together, while addicting you to their products/services, and keeping us further apart, and less able to connect than we -a Social species- have ever been! Comforted? Not me.
The “world” I left, is not the “world” I returned to, but I didn’t expect it to be. I had hoped, that as iGen came to be a force in our society they would take the connection(s) provided them through the ever-changing tech boom and use it for the furthering, and bettering of themselves and mankind… it could happen. Perhaps. I’m not confident. I remain hopeful.
It is time. It is time for us to get over the “buzz” of the instant feedback, the “quick fix”, because these things have profited us NOTHING! There is nothing glamorous, or worthy of our precious and fragile time upon this Earth about violence, and it only begets violence, we’ve been proving it for thousands of years. It is PAST time for us to put our energy and efforts to our survival, TOGETHER, or we WILL NOT survive. We cannot solve the problems we ALL face alone. We cannot overcome the darkness that is surrounding us without the billions of points of light we ALL are, coming together, to outshine that darkness! We can overcome the tide that is drawing ever near. But not without each other. Not without Family. Not without Friends. These last two are NOT replaceable. They cannot be exchanged for a better model as our tech can. They take time to grow, and time to heal, and time to make strong.
And we’re running out of time.