The Worst Can Bring Out Our Best
Perseverance seems to be the wisdom needed right now. Suffering is all around. We’ve barely begun to emerge from Haiti and the gulf tragedy, and now we are faced with the horrific floods in Pakistan. Can humanity withstand these catastrophes, especially with all of the other “everyday” worries like the global economy and persistent war?
Of course we can, and we will. How we persevere, however, determines the magnitude of the next challenge. The ease at which we get through these difficult times depends on each of us. We are all connected, so what affects one affects all. We are also connected to animals and the planet, so our thoughts and actions have far reaching consequences.
We’ve all heard the saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” From an energetic perspective, that’s not quite right. The road to hell is paved with good actions that come from negative intentions. It is the emotion and energy behind the action step that determines its outcome. Two people can make the exact same decision. If one makes his choice because he’s afraid, the outcome will ultimately be negative. If the other decides to take the same course of action because he feels like it’s the right thing to do, no matter the outcome, the consequences will be positive. The short-term result may appear positive or negative, and it may take awhile for the final results to pan out. But guaranteed, they will reflect the energy of the intention behind the action.
Right now is the time for calm and stability. Keeping our reactions balanced actually helps steady everything around us. It seems impossible, but how we respond to the person who cuts us off in traffic, our neighbor’s barking dog, or our lazy co-worker influences the stability of the entire planet. Can we remain positive, open-minded and kind through our troubles? Can we face our grief and anger without going into hatred, woe and judgment? Can we be as brave and courageous as the Chilean miners trapped deep underground, and all those coming forward to help the human and animal Pakistani flood victims?
Despite all the sadness, these current tragedies are showing us the best of humanity — courage, selflessness and perseverance. So, stay positive, be strong, and show kindness to one another. We can persevere in our own endeavors, for the sake of all creatures, and ourselves.