Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 34: Praying for my fellow Texans

   My blog has been going great and I have learned a lot by looking at the world around me in a different way. I have become closer to my true nature than ever before and it is very cleansing. However, today I couldn't bring myself to write about anything but the wildfire's searing their way through my home state. A person I work with has died along with her daughter and I am sad and disheartened by the chaos of nature. I am humbled and grateful for the simple things God has given me in my life. I am thankful to simply be alive today, to be able to sit next to my husband and son and feel the breeze on my skin. It is during times like this that really make me see the largeness of the world I live in, and just how little control I have over the majority of the events that take place here. Instead of letting that make me feel weak I see myself as lucky to be a part of it all.

  I don't do well with loss, especially of life's lived in too short of time. What I can't understand just as much is how disconnected and unloving people can be in times of such sorrow. I was looking at the national news to see the what was happening in other parts of the state, and I happened on a CNN article. The comments posted on it we're so negative. All people cared about was politics. They were saying terrible things like people here deserved to be burned because of our sins, that Rick Perry is evil and his constituents were ignorant. That everyone in Texas are tea party conservatives with no soul and this is a lesson to be learned about global warming. That because of our politics we shouldn't receive aid from FEMA. I am obviously a liberal. This blog is about living life green, with respect for the environment and for the whole of humanity. And, I have certainly had some very healthy and passionate debates with conservatives and republicans alike. Never have I been so ashamed to be in the same category as people so vastly disconnected from their fellow human beings. Who cares about the political climate. Most of the debates shown during campaigning or on the news shows have everything to do with election and influencing peoples votes. They hate each other on stage and go to lavish parties together the same night.

  If we really want to see healthy change in our society, we have to come together and refuse to let ourselves be pawns in someone else's game. We need to show compassion to others, especially those with different ideas. It is important to have an open mind. Some of the most important lessons I have learned in life came from people who were very different than myself. During times of crisis we need to band together and treat one another with respect, it makes me very sad that while good people are dying and losing their homes, people are simply spouting rhetoric. Let's get over ourselves and lend a hand. Actions speak louder than words, and that is the biggest lesson I have learned in the last month while creating this blog.

I spent much of my life dreaming about what I wanted to do, thinking about what the future holds for me instead of grasping the realities of those fantasies. Now, it's time for me to get my hands dirty and my soul clean. To find bliss in the smallest things and realize that ambition and greed will get me nothing but discontent. Today, I am rejoicing at the sound of my husbands piano echoing off the walls, and my sons laughter as he plays in the corner of the room. This is what life is about, appreciating what has already been given to you.

My heart goes out to all the people who have lost their livelihoods and homes today. I am in mourning for the people who will be missed and hope that the fires will be extinguished soon. Please, love one another and thank God for the miracle of the every day. Blessed Be.

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