Thank you!

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Happy February morning to you, and a belated happy new year as well!

I’ve had a long break, done a lot of soul-searching, or soul-dredging more like, and made a decision to put confusion and despair behind me. Not because I am burying my head in the proverbial sand, but because I am most useful in my everyday life when I am positive, calm and clear.

Like many people, I am overwhelmed with the state of things. I care. I care so very much about things that matter and have been feeling overwhelmed at my helplessness. There is so much anger, fear and hate about right now. It’s like an epidemic. I do think it has the effect of a disease by infecting anyone who gets too close too often. And this disease is spreading everywhere. I can feel it when I’ve spent too long on a news site or social media. It’s like a car crash that you can’t look away from. I’m rubbernecking so as not to miss anything, and I get swept up in the mocking, nasty, to and fro of snark and condescension. So I’m stepping away from all of that for the most part. Focus on where I can make a difference and thinking about what that might be.

When I think about the people that have had the most influence on my life, it is those who are living in a way that I want to live. Those people who are wise, kind, gentle, creative, care about the natural world, are contented with their life but at the same time stretch themselves to grow and improve their own lives and the lives of others. People who compose a life on their own terms, whatever that may be. I do want to know the facts about important issues, but I’m rarely influenced by those who shout the loudest, retort the wittiest, or debate the smartest.

There is a quote by Socrates that I read years ago on the Internet (in the days before it became saturated with inspirational snippets), that has always stuck with me. It reads:

‘ The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new’

I think he was on to something. And although, of course, the world needs activists and people to speak out for what they believe in, I think that we especially need people who are focusing on building a better world in whatever small way they can. And it is doubly difficult because it does seem like a small and ordinary thing. There are no Nobel prizes for it. But to live the best life you can is an immense inspiration and incentive to others to do the same.

There are so many wonderful bloggers, writers, artists, film-makers, cooks, musicians and more… who have unknowingly encouraged me to lift myself out of depression and begin again, and again, and again. To persevere. There are too many to name, but I just wanted to say thank you to all the creative people of the Internet and wider world. I think you are building a new world within the one that is burning. At the very least, you are giving people like me hope… in goodness and in beauty, and that is what’s sorely needed at the moment. So Thank you. xx

14 thoughts on “Thank you!

  1. I can really relate to this Kim. I’ve had to take a break from facebook and ration my viewing of the news to escape the constant stream of negativity. I was spending so much time reading articles and forums that dissected the political apocalypse from every angle, I felt depressed and heartbroken but powerless to change anything. I’ve ended up taking up daily yoga and meditation to try and create some calm in my own life, and I’ve just started working at a homeless hostel which feels like I’m doing something small even if changing the big picture is out of my reach. You’re absolutely right that we need to be the change, if each of us does what we can, all those small changes add up.

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    1. Yes, staying calm and taking small steps in whatever way we can sounds like the way forward. Your blog always brings a smile too, so thank you and Lucy for your lighthearted book posts – they are a welcome break from all the political bleurgh. Take care x

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  2. Welcome back Kim! I don’t do Facebook and refuse to be swept up with the negativity and hysteria of the news channels. I am focusing on myself and those closest to me nowadays. When I was studying with the O.U many moons ago I was doing a course on the environment but I think that these words resonate with many genres in life which is – think global – act local. We have no way of really knowing what goes on in the wider World, we only know what gets reported to us. I think we should focus on our local surroundings and do what we can to make where we live a better place whatever that ‘better’ may mean to you.

    I must say how much I love your photo of the snowdrops in the jug on the dark background. It is beautiful! Take care and if you ever want a chat then please do email me. You are not alone. x

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    1. Thanks Simone, yes I agree it is in the local than we can most make a difference. I am trying to reconcile this with my introvert personality, which is not so easy. I often think back to what it would have been like a couple of hundred years ago, our only concerns then would have been local. It is bizarre that we as humans think we have to take responsibility for all the problems of the world just because we know about them… but nevertheless we do. x

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  3. I can so relate to your thoughts. Time and meditation heals the soul. It’s easy to get caught up in the political spin now happening and changing my America. I’m disgusted with myself spending and giving so much attention and time to this person who has caused this upheaval. I have pulled myself away from spending so much wasteful time on social medias which caused me to feel angry and depressed. As a result my inner self is in a good comfort zone and spending positive time with my painting, writing, reading and other enjoyable activities. Thank you for sharing your thoughts; all will go well with your new direction.

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words. I think many people underestimate the healing power of the arts – not just on an individual level but as healing for the wider society too… your beautiful words and images on your blog are testament to that. x

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  4. You aren’t the only one struggling right now. I have made use of the ‘unfollow’ option on social media. I cant’ go off Facebook as I manage pages for work. But, I have tried to be much more intentional in my social media use. I still avoid using the “like” button, and only comment on those posts I really feel warrant a comment. And I can scroll past negativity with the best of them. 😉

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    1. Hello Dee, and thank you for commenting. I think your word ‘intentional’ is a good one. It is so easy to get carried away clicking one link after another, but if I decide beforehand exactly what I am going to read and read only that, it is a more deliberate and intention way of living. 🙂

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  5. Good to see you again Kim. I don’t know how much you’d like to connect with others who feel like you – but I recommend the online events the Pachamama Alliance holds (especially Game Changer). And starting this weekend is this online Global Social Change Summit (found through facebook – yay!!): http://www.gifew.com/summit-2017/ This kind of thing has helped me get passed those feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.

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    1. Thanks so much Safar, for recommending these – I am just taking some time to have a look at them, and they look very encouraging. I’m definitely signing up for the Global Social Change Summit… Thank you!

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