I don’t know
I have found myself saying these words more and more in the last months. When will the pandemic end? What restrictions are really necessary? How are we to respond to racism in our society? Will we have jobs in the near future and what will they be like? I could go on. These issues are difficult and they are real. A few minutes thinking about them unleashes all sorts of negative emotions within us and between us. Negative emotions have their place but more often than not, they produce just more negativity. So how can one break the cycle.
The simplest way to begin is to be kind to those around me. I cannot control the world but I can control how I treat other people. Simple acts of kindness, while not lauded by the world, have a ripple effect in our world.
The next simplest way is praise. Yes, simply affirming what is positive and good in the world, in the people around you and within yourself. We can only build on the good in our lives. When we praise, we are making a profound recognition that life is holy and to be trusted in spite of bad or negative things that happen.
And the third simplest is to be grateful: to the world, to people, to yourself and to God. Gratitude sums up all that is best in us. It opens our minds and hearts to delight and to love.
If we make these three ways of acting habits in our lives, we will find our way to making change for our world in the ‘big issues’ that threaten to overwhelm us.
Loving God, you know how easily I can feel overwhelmed by the challenges in our world. Let me stop fretting about what I cannot control and let me be kind, full of praise and grateful. Then let your Spirit lead me into the way of wise action. I ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear me.
Sr Kym Harris osb