The whole world is hurting right now. The emotions stirring inside of us are very real. A storm has been brewing for some time and now its hit. Everyone handles a storm differently. Some people actually chase them, finding the destruction of nature fascinating. Some people prepare by bunkering down in their homes waiting it out. Others pretend it's not real or that an act of God will spare them. The storm hits no matter what.
When the Corona virus hit us, a lot of us weren't prepared. We weren't prepared for losing people we loved. We weren't prepared for our hysterical neighbors who were afraid of what would happen and bought all the toilet paper. We looked at them with contempt and disgust, but they were afraid. They were afraid that the world was ending. They were afraid that not having enough would make them vulnerable. Again, nature doing what it does.
When we learned about another black man being brutally killed by the police, something snapped. The dam of emotions that we were trying so hard to hold back, came flooding out into the streets and on social media. All of the things that we fear are pouring out of us right in front of our eyes. We weren't prepared for this, but acts of nature don't wait for us to be prepared.
Everyone is afraid right now. All of the emotions of everyone you know, raw. We are all emotionally vulnerable. The repressed pain of our ancestors is being unleashed like nothing we've ever known. We're being reminded we're only human.
For a moment I ask you, I beg you, to look at yourself with kindness like you would look at a newborn baby. This is our level of emotional vulnerability right now. When you start to treat yourself with this level of understanding, I ask you to look at your neighbor the same way. If your neighbor was a newborn baby would you shake your fists at them for being scared or hungry or tired? That's what we're doing right now when we challenge each other.
At our most vulnerable is how we have to start looking at each other. As if we are all newborn babies being exposed to the harshness of being human for the very first time. This is where our power lies. We need to shift our perspective right now. We need to give each other the support and encouragement we need to feel safe and loved. This is the ultimate act of compassion and love.
Every single one of us has a unique contribution to offer in this lifetime. We are potential not yet actualized. That is the gift inside us. No matter what you've been taught to fear, you can overcome it. We can do it together, but only from a place of forgiveness and love.