I had a whole other blogpost planned, on gifts and what gifts we want to give this season. But then life happened, as it usually does.
Sydney my hometown, was held in fear. Under siege. An awful thing happened. And some people, people like you and me, died.
But some beautiful things happened, and are happening too.
The hashtag #illridewithyou happened. An outpouring, moving, silent memorialising happened. Fear was replaced with well, unity. With hope.
All these things are fleeting. The fear is there. But the collective also breathed together. Stood together. Held together. Rode together.
One lone gunman, one person, did this. One person has power. And the whole has power.
It reminded me of this Cherokee story.
A Cherokee elder sitting with his grandchildren told them,
“A fight is going on inside me. It is a terrible fight between two wolves.
One is: fear, anger, envy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, and deceit.
The other is: joy, serenity, humility, confidence, generosity, truth, gentleness, compassion and deep vision.”
A child asked, “Grandfather, which wolf will win?”
The elder looked him in the eye. “Whichever one you feed.”
We do NOT get to choose what happens to us. We do get to choose what we do with it.
We have the power to choose, every day, what we want to grow & nurture. What we want to feed.
Wishing you all a peaceful and light holiday season, the world-over. xNat