Earlier this week, Patti Digh shared some incredible poetry about the extinction of several unbelievably beautiful creatures who have shared this world with us and who we are about to lose or already lost because of human "progress". The message of the writing was also about how we must come to terms with the fact that our own species in on the brink of extinction too, and perhaps, it is too late to change that course... I felt so powerless in the face of such forces...
And yesterday, Patti also shared a YouTube video of a poem by Andrea Gibson called "The Pursuit of Happiness" which depicts the devastation of war in the Middle East in a way so graphic, that I just had to stop watching after only a few seconds...I felt ill, and hopeless, and knew it would enter my dreams even after only watching a moment or two...
And then this morning, I had a spat with someone I love on the phone. Just a difference of opinions on a morning where this person was in a big hurry to get some important things in her life done, but unfortunately, the difference of opinion ended up leading to unkind words and a very quick and terse good bye.
On a day like today, when I have war, unkindness, and even the Apocalypse floating around in my consciousness, I don't feel like I know much about anything, or feel certain about much at all.
And yet, when I look inward to find something I can be sure of, something I do know for absolute certainty, what do I find ?
That in the end,
Only Kindness Matters....
I was looking for quotes about kindness this morning after my spat, when I had let hurt and sadness kind of take over my being. I was writing them in my new little journal of "Good Things" to work through my feelings.
(Good things Journal - new, bought at Barnes and Noble for 9.95 - love the already designed pages !)
(Kindness quotes - click to enlarge
"Love is saying " I feel differently" instead of "You are wrong."- unknown)
Of course, this song by Jewel, "Hands" came up in Google a lot. It has become my anthem, my theme song, my solace this morning. I think I have listened to it about 10 times, and will probably listen ten more before I really let everything go today...
I have to admit that I never really loved this song by Jewel before, but I think I never really listened to it with these ears before either. The lyrics are so perfect.
They give me power in a world that sometimes makes me feel helpless.
They give me hope in a world that sometimes makes me feel hopeless.
And they make me feel loved in a world where we can still be so mean to one another, even to those we love.
They inspire me to put my beliefs into actions and to always remember that
In the end,
(Art journal Page - Only Kindness Matters - September 5, 2009)
(art journaling as therapy !!!)
"If I could tell the world just one thing,
It would be, we are all okay..."