“Let tenderness pour from your eyes
The way the Sun gazes
warmly on the earth.”
– Hafiz, If It Is Not Too Dark
There’s enough darkness in the world. Enough anger, accusation and bitterness. Outraged darkness. Indignant darkness. Resentful darkness… it’s not for me. I prefer to share light.
Have I been outraged, indignant and resentful? Of course! There’s plenty of material out there to work with. But why throw yourself into that toxic bonfire? Trolls need people to pay attention to their fire to fuel it. But don’t follow them into the flames, or you’ll just burn up with the others. Their bonfires don’t warm, don’t sustain, don’t comfort.
The alternative is sharing our light. Light is energy, just as the sun casts warmth and vitality on the earth. The friend offering reassurance and the resolve to stick with you through it all. The parent offering unwavering patience and love to a child. Seems a better place to be. And that’s where I tend to roam, quietly pouring tenderness from my eyes and doing what I can to brighten things up.
“We live in a flash of light; evening comes and it is night forever.” – Anthony De Mello, Awakening
Life is a short little burst of energy followed by darkness, or if you will, the unknown. All we have is this little sprint we’re collectively running together. Some fall by the wayside, others think they can win this race by tripping others up or taking a shortcut. But most of us just sprint along at the best pace we can, full of all the human reactions to the challenges and surprises along the way. It seems that we ought to dance and sing a bit more on this march across time instead of grumbling the whole way. Inspiring and building each other up, and lighting the way for those who are lost. It seems a better path, don’t you think?
“Let us hope
it will always be like this,
each of us going on
in our inexplicable ways
building the universe”
– Mary Oliver, Song of the Builders
I had one more sunrise by the bay before I make my way back to the northern woods. I debated whether to post a picture or not, but ultimately reminded myself I post pictures that highlight the beauty I see in the world. When you find something beautiful, shouldn’t you share it?