Updated: Jul 10, 2020
Happy July! The summer is here! And with it, the opportunity to lighten up some of that fear (of the unknown) and embrace change.
First off, congrats! We did it!
We managed to survive the first half of 2020 -- arguably one of the most unprecedentedly unpredictable years in modern history -- and make it into summer (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere). In an era defined by a nonstop parade of pandemics (from climate change to coronavirus to systemic racism)...when most of us are just trying to survive one day at a time, this is no small feat, and we gotta celebrate all the victories, both big and small, that we can get!
Anyone else feel like we've been semi-permanently stuck in a late-night infomercial of the worst kind? Instead of more questionably useful gadgets, we're presented with a never-ending array of plot twists, and ones that so far seem to be getting progressively more dire? (Murder hornets? More police and civilian brutality? Locust invasions? New swine flu?)
So you'd be forgiven if by now, you're feeling both weary and wary, maybe even fearful of what the next day, week, or month may bring given 2020's track record so far.
So, what if we could -- in this month that we celebrate USA's Independence Day -- try embracing a different type of independence as well...
independence from self-limiting beliefs, patterns, behaviors?
What are you willing to let go of and leave behind in the past, while still maintaining the drive to mobilize greater progress for ourselves and others?
What does that bring up for you? What might that look like, for you and yours?
I'd love to hear your comments below -- all ideas, challenges, random musings, whatever are welcome!
And wishing you all a safe, healthy, happy and enjoyable July 4th long weekend, one where we can celebrate not just one country's independence, but one of the liberation of all beings from suffering, and our compassionate care for all of our planetary brothers and sisters, with whose wellbeing we are all so interdependent. (PSA: Please wear masks!)
[Image credits: New Yorker cartoon by Julia Suits and Meme from ebaumsworld.com]