Well, I think my post yesterday caused just a wee bit of angst (that's why I apologized in advance!). So, today I will stick with something benign . . .
I am sitting at a computer in the lobby of our hotel in Seattle, and I am looking out the massive windows at the most beautiful trees and foliage. The skies are gray (hey - it's March AND it's Seattle), and it has a really cozy kind of feeling to it. Our drive over the mountains was without event - - unless you count the absolutely GORGEOUS mountains - - which, duh, I must. So I will rephrase. Our drive over the mountains was breathtaking and awe inspiring.
And as I sit here I am overcome with the beauty surrounding us. And it saddens me to acknowledge that there is ugliness in the world, too, some of which we cannot overlook and pretend isn't there. And some ugliness demands that we stand up and be counted and try to effect change. We all have the power to make change. To change lives. To change someone's life for the positive. It is overwhelming to look around and see all that needs to be done and easy then methaphorically to crawl back into our beds, pull the covers over our heads, and ignore it. Because we don't think anything we can do will matter. And we would be wrong. I am reminded of the movie "Pay It Forward." Only precious few, by virtue of their position in life, have the opportunity to reach thousands and millions. All of us have the opportunity (obligation) to reach the one. In our own way, quietly and without fanfare, to do something good for someone. And we each need to decide what that "something good" will be for us. No one else can decide that for us, and no one can tell us that our "something good" isn't good enough. Because, trust me, it will be.
So, that's what the beauty of the trees whispered to me just now. Do. Act. Love.