I was going to take the the lighthearted approach today and blog about haircuts and an empty propane tank. There is enough deep and heavy stuff in the world this evening. Big hugs, positive thoughts and prayers for ALL who are impacted by all that has happened and is happening in the Twin Cities.
Earlier today I started reading Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. I do not possess a vocabulary strong enough to adequately state what a profound impact I’ve already felt from his story of survival. I’m only halfway through and I’m already planning on re-reading it and taking notes throughout once I’ve completed this first reading.
Two quotes from the first half of the book really struck me. As the news of what ‘s happening in the Twin Cities they hit home even more. Please take your time as you read them. Also remember that these come from someone who survived unthinkable tragedy in the holocaust.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Both of these quotes brought a lesson to mind when I thought of the Twin Cities. This lesson was from the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu in their book, The Book of Joy. In a nutshell the concept is that in any difficult situation we should all pause and ask ourselves:
“What can I learn from this?”
Quite honestly, when I heard of the death of George Floyd I felt much anger. I immediately wanted to judge and determine who was at fault and why. My feelings were the same as I heard of the riots and looting. In no time I worked myself into a fervor of anger, frustration, and judgment.
The events of the past few days are out of my control. If I get angry, frustrated, and start judging people I don’t know for situations I don’t know I am choosing the path I do not want to live. If I choose to take a deep breath, offer positive thoughts and prayers, be open and listening, and find a way to help others as a result of this I am living into the me I should be.
Long story short, I should choose the way of love and peace. If I choose the path of anger and hatred I am not living my purpose and am now a part of the problem.
So how will I walk the way of love and peace? I will start by saying prayers for all who’ve been impacted. ALL. No exceptions. I will pray for their healing. I will pray they choose the way of love and peace as well. I will stay open minded and remember that what’s done is done. Anger to heal anger is not the answer. I will do my best to remember to not judge. Most importantly, I will not allow my heart to choose anger and hate.