Natural disasters like devastating firestorms shake our sense of safety and stability and cause real damage in our lives. And at the same time, they might be a blessing in disguise.
While protecting everything that needs saving in your life is the natural thing to do, this is an invitation for an ‘Aha moment’. If a ferocious firestorm was blazing towards your neighborhood and your house, what would you wish it to burn away physically, relationally, emotionally spiritually?
Take a moment to reflect on who you admire, who inspired you, or who were your role models or heroes. We have all had a people in our life who were the “wind beneath our wings” or whose influence led to a turning point.
Who were these individuals for you? How did they shape your life? Was it someone famous, a spiritual leader? or a family member, friend or a teacher? What was it about their life or the way the carried themselves or the ideas they shared that made such a big impact?
Recent events in North America have exposed a no longer tolerable systemic discrimination. This moment in history calls us to weave the personal with the political, the social with the psychological, the individual with the collective. By sharing our stories, the ones we feel proud of, and the ones that bring us a sense of regret, we take part in discovering ourselves and exposing our culture. We uncover stereotypes and attitudes that impact our understanding, actions, and decisions — a vital step in the process of transforming our society and ourselves.
Do you recall wrestling with hard choices, when values you held dear collided? Have you ever traded moral responsibility for a quick reward? Such moments are inevitable in our lives. There are often no simple solutions.
Pets have such a meaningful place in our lives. They give us the gift of their presence, their purpose, their affection, and their loyalty, day in and day out. Animals and pets are our companions, our best friends, our loyal supporters, and often our caretakers. We invite you to share the ways in which your pets/animals have touched your life.