A few days ago, I awoke feeling anxious…anxious about the state of our world. My mind was caught up in the stories, the uncertainty, and the distress.
So I did the only thing I know to do. I headed to the forest and turned to the Earth for comfort and reassurance. As I walked among the trees, I felt myself begin to calm down. Step by step, my mind quieted.
I came upon a lovely pond and sat down on a large stone. Amid the bird songs, I heard a faint tapping…the persistent sound of a woodpecker. He landed on a tree behind me, and continued his rhythmic drumming. His bright red feathers shone as a beacon of light among the darkened, rain-soaked trees.
And then I remembered…I remembered what a very wise being had shared.
If you focus on the darkness in the world, the darkness will expand. If you focus on the light, the light will expand.
It's easy to get caught up in the negativity. My own anxiety was triggered by a government official's claim that wildlife has little value and is a burden to the oil industry. His statement angered and saddened me, but I know he does not speak for me.
So today I echo the drumbeat of the woodpecker, who is the reminder to stand strong and positive for those without a voice. And I join with the many who know that Earth is our home, and all Her beings are precious.
And I focus on the light…
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