The Impeachment hearings have begun. I decided to watch a bit of it that I taped and then realized how anxious I was feeling and decided to stop. In this month where we are thinking of the theme of belonging, I didn’t feel that sense of belonging that I wished to feel. I was only feeling anxious, angry, frustrated and sad watching people who are in positions of power say things to each other that were either wrong or completely untrue or meant to hurt. I didn’t want to fall into this trap where I felt this way and also felt helpless to make an effect, to make any change as to what was happening in this world outside of me.
What do you do when you want to change something that you do not have the power to change? It’s a lesson in futility most of the time. And yet there’s that old saying, if you’re not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Do we have the power to make change in this world? Or do we hold that power and don’t even realize it?
I believe we do. So when I turned the channel, Ellen came on and she had a segment where she brought a family in from New Jersey to tell their story. One of the children, an 8-year old boy, had been saving up his ice cream money and allowance and whatever money he got, to send to Ellen to save a Gorilla. She has a foundation she began to build a sanctuary for the endangered gorillas in Rwanda and this little boy decided to give everything he had to her to save a gorilla. It was so heartwarming it brought tears to my eyes. This husband and wife with three children were living with their parents because they had recently become homeless and here they were, supporting their son, collecting over $300 to give to this foundation to help save gorillas that desperately need saving. It may seem like such a little thing, but it was making a difference in the only way they knew how, even as they had nothing of their own.
What small thing can you do this week to help the to change the world? We just honored Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday and his lasting wish was to make change, to change the systemic racism, economic inequality and militarism in our country. He made a profound change, he was a man of great dignity and honor, and yet, how much have we changed in this country? There are times when I think, if he couldn’t do it, what in the world could I do? What kind of change could I make? Then I see stories like this little 8-year old boy and I know that it’s not the outcome of the change that should spur me on but the mere act of doing it.
Change is inevitable. Nothing stays the same. So every morsel of kindness that we can provide the world is a conduit for change, not the result we wish to see, not the effect our presence will make, but the mere act of thinking of another living being and working to make their lives more comfortable and safe. That helps me to feel true belonging in this interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
May you find a morsel of kindness to spread to another living being this week.Blessings to you all,