For weeks I’ve been running through ideas in my head about what I want to write about in this blog. There are several topics that I want to discuss, but in the midst of this pandemic, none of them seem to be at all relevant anymore even though you’d think they would become more relevant now than ever before. However, in my mind, or at least how I’ve been feeling lately, is that it almost doesn’t seem practical to use coping mechanisms to cope with a situation that none of us have ever experienced.
One of my favorite and most noted ideas comes from the philosopher Alan Watts and the teaching from “The Chinese Farmer”, which can be found on YouTube. Essentially, the teaching is how we have a need to categorize “good” and “bad” experiences and how those experiences are all about interpretation. While we deem something a “bad” experience in the moment, it may actually be shifting our journey that will prevent us from experiencing something worse, but we’re too focused on the current moment to think it’s leading us to or preventing us from something bigger down the road.
However, I struggle to apply this philosophy to the current climate. How can anything good from thousands of my brothers and sisters dying, losing their jobs, struggling to make ends meet, being evicted, making the decision to work or send their children to school? I have trouble finding the potential good in any of it. Sure, Mother Nature is getting a break and of course there’s always good to be found in that, but the suffering you see and hear about every day makes it almost feel obsolete.
I really wanted to be able to use this opportunity and write about something positive. I know being present, mindful, and intentional with ourselves and our thoughts is so very important in times like these. Cranking up the music and dancing around while I cleaned this past weekend completely changed my mood, I will do more of that with intention. I also know that my obstacles aren’t going to be the same as others’. How can one “crank up the music and dance around the kitchen” if they don’t have a kitchen to dance around in? How can I suggest one be mindful and present if they’re worried about putting food on the table in a couple of hours? You see?
The one thing I do know for certain is that no matter where I am or what I have, I can always give a compliment, offer a smile or a hug. I can let someone know how much they mean to me, I can hold the door open for the person behind me at the super-market or put their cart up for them, and none of these things ever make me feel worse. In fact, it’s guaranteed to put a little bit of spark in me knowing that I was able to add some light to someone else’s life. As long as I am able to do that, I will be able to find some happiness.
I hope you can too. Love and Light….