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Civilized | We are not

Today I’m feeling disheartened by news of the new Coronavirus, and its spread (so far mainly) in Asia. I feel for the families who have lost loved ones already. I feel for humanity at large, which has been dealt yet one more nasty blow, and this to begin a new year and decade.

Yes, I know, many won’t get it, many who do will survive, and we are so often inclined to take the stance, “This is not my problem, it doesn’t or won’t affect me”. But my response to this is, “Yes it does”.

I stand back and ask myself: “How civilized are we really?”

How can it be in a civilized world that we are increasingly sick, whether by large-scale viruses or just due to poor diet and personal care? (That is the case even in the richer Western countries.)

How can it be in a civilized world that there is increasing bickering and dissension, every party and camp throwing stones at each other, calling each other liars? Division has been unleashed like a rabid dog, snarling and gnashing its teeth. Coronavirus aside, humanity is being ravaged by a disease called Hate.

How can it be in a civilized word that the Earth who supports and nourishes us is as sick as we are?

The answer is: “It can’t be.”

We are not civilized. The sooner we wake up to that fact and see beyond the delusion, the sooner we can build a truly civilized civilization.

The meter is running, and it’s running faster by the minute. Soon we will not be able to afford our blindness. We are very close to bankrupt.

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Roots | Of solutions

No important problem or lesson is ever going to be solved with a bandage approach. That is, salving or treating the surface symptoms of our dissatisfaction or unhappiness. We may feel relief temporarily, but sooner or later we must dig to the very root of any problem to achieve a lasting solution.

This requires some honesty and introspection, and sometimes we just don’t want to face it. We also live in a time where distraction is massively prevalent, and, we are encouraged to salve our unhappiness with new material toys.

There are good roots and destructive roots within each of us. The trick is to build on the good ones, and heal the ones that keep causing us to hurt our own potential and happiness. We owe it to ourselves to reach for our happiness, but at the end of the day, it’s up to each of us to achieve it. No one is going to hand it to us on a silver platter.

On a larger scale, this idea also applies to our societies. Around the world we are beginning to witness massive collective dissatisfaction with the way things are being run by our leaders. I see people still falling back on the typical A/B thinking to find a solution. “If the usual A isn’t working, then the usual B must be the answer.”

But, stop! Are we really examining the cause of the disease? That is where the clues to our growth are to be found.

The real answers always lie at the root of the matter.

Inspirational Quotes:

“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all encumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you do not like a certain behavior in others, look within yourself to find the roots of what discomforts you.” ~ Bryant McGill

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Transcendental | Nature

My grandmother raved many times to me about the majestic Rocky Mountains of Canada. She was a woman whose soul deeply craved travel and adventure, but alas, her life circumstances largely prevented it.

However, a one-time serendipitous trip to those mountains became indelibly imprinted on her heart. For the rest of her life, she held the vision and feeling of that place within her like a precious gold nugget. It fed her soul. She called the Rockies “God’s country”.

Transcendentalist writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau would agree with my grandmother. When we really tune into nature, we hook into the divine energy (whatever we each believe that to be) which breathes in all living things. We feel connected. Our souls transcend the mundane and remember the infinite nature of who we really are.

The divine is evident in the tiny dragonfly, but sometimes it takes a mighty mountain to awaken our souls. When we gaze upward at those magnificent rock faces, we feel small and big, all at the same time. The sublime grandeur within and without is undeniable. If such a thing as this exists in the world, then surely anything must be possible. And indeed, it is.

Take a moment to read the few quotes by Emerson and Thoreau, then enter the photo and imagine drifting on that tranquil lake in the tiny red canoe. No phones, no crowds, no stress, just blessed beauty, solitude and peace, the fullness of nature.

Do you hear your soul singing yet?

Inspirational Quotes by Emerson & Thoreau:

“In the woods is perpetual youth. In the woods we return to faith and reason.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I have a room all to myself; it is nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“All good things are wild and free.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

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Transcendental | Nature © Susan L Hart 2020 – Dedicated to Frances

A New Beginning | 2020

New years can be a little daunting. There is all that self-assessment of the year past, and realizing that perhaps we didn’t accomplish quite all that we intended 365 days ago. There is certainly some of that going on for me today.

BUT, in it I am also cutting myself some slack by realizing that life sometimes dishes out some unexpected surprises, and, we can’t always see into the future (and therefore plan for it) as well as we hope to. I love Isak Dinesen’s quote from Out of Africa, “God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.”

And after all, are not the surprises, the unexpected twists and turns in the road, part of what makes life exciting and challenging? It is often the journey and our lessons that hold the most satisfaction, not the destination we think we want. And from that point of view, 2019 was a success for me.

The great realization is that even though I didn’t fulfill all of my goals, I achieved enough to know that I love the path that I am walking. This year gifted me with clarity in the bigger picture of my purpose. That is huge! Today something deep within me says, “keep going”. I therefore will push forward with renewed determination, vigor, and vision, whilst making some alterations with my compass.

I wish for you the realization of your deepest dreams, and I look forward to sharing many more words with you in 2020. Happy New Year!

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