Today I feel conflicted between extreme gratitude for all the enchantments of my life and the tragedies throughout the world.
Yesterday, I spent a beautiful day in Chicago visiting some very dear friends that have also been business partners as well. When I drove back home in the evening, I took a longer route so I could drive down Lake Shore Drive and see the Buckingham fountain and the dazzling skyline of Chicago at night.
One of my friends lives in the somewhat opulent north shore suburbs of Chicago, and as I drove past the incredible mansions in Evanston I saw an ambulance stopped to pick up someone from one of those mansions. The whole route home, I saw many ambulances and fire trucks. I thought of the difficulties that some people were having while others live a much easier life in our beautiful world.
This morning I re-blogged several posts about the tragic Palestinian situation, the recent downing of a plane over the Ukraine. I have such a deep wish, like so many people, that we could move beyond the senseless killing of innocent people, particularly children.
My little dog, Ginger, just survived another bout of illness, I thought she wouldn’t make it this week. She wouldn’t have made it without antibiotics. It strikes me that my dog has better healthcare than many people in the world.
It takes some work to create enchanting adventures for the people in my immediate world, and that is an important priority for me. Today, I wish that I had the ability to wave a magic wand that created a more peaceful and abundant world for all people.
For me, and maybe you, there is a pull between enjoying all the abundance of life and doing something that serves this broader cause of global peace.
Some people are called to inspire us about the glories and abundant beauty in our world like Monet in his paintings, and in his gardens. Just a few weeks ago, my family traveled through Monet’s gardens in Giverny. It was amazingly beautiful.
And I had intended today to write a post about traveling through Europe. In a few days, I will write that post, because I do believe that it’s good for our souls to see the beauty and diverse abundance in our world.
It’s also good for our souls to stand against injustice, violence and senseless tragedies in the world.
We must strengthen the beauty in our world, and transform the minds and actions of those who justify the destruction of life, whether it’s in the Ukraine, Palestine or Chicago.
May you have a peaceful and beautiful weekend, and may that peace and beauty extend throughout our whole world.
How do you find balance between the needs of the broader world against your own needs for beauty and abundance?