Sometimes in life we can find ourselves feeling inadequate, and unable to meet the needs of the people we love the most. There are times that a situation in our life is impossible to fix and is heartbreaking. Other times we are not capable of completing a task we would like to accomplish.
In these times, it’s good to recognize our place in “the family of things” as poet Mary Oliver tells us.
We are creatures of this earth. Sometimes we forget that we have a soft animal of a body and need the rest of creation — the sun, the mountains, the rivers and the forests to support us. The sustainability of our planet is dependent upon us remembering our place in the scheme of life, and cherishing that place.
Our place in the family of things is also determined by what and who we love in life, and how we show up for love. Do we care about the needs of others and our community, not just our own needs? Do we treat ourselves with respect? Are we honest with the people we care about the most?
Sometimes we can find ourselves in despair because we are not always capable of overcoming roadblocks and obstacles.
In the last day or so, I have found myself feeling a sense of despair about a certain situation beyond my control. There are ways in which I am simply not capable of being the person someone else needs me to be. One of the ways I deal with despair is to read a wonderful collection of prayers, poems and blessings called Earth Prayers From Around the World, and that’s when I re-read this Mary Oliver poem. I felt this poem might help someone else this week too.
Isn’t it good to remember that we don’t always have to be good or to feel happy about every aspect of our life or ourselves? We just have to love who and what we love as well as we can. When we infuse our actions with love it is enough, even when it doesn’t feel like it is enough.
This week’s contemplation:
How are you feeling about your place in the world as you enter this week?