For the past few days, I have had verses from Scripture that I learned as a small child, come singing into my being, along with refrains from compelling songs. They are showing up as a powerful way to share the story of why we are here and what we are being asked to do.
Let us begin with the Commandment of “let us love our neighbor as ourselves.” And the lyrics of the beautiful songs “Let There Be Peace on Earth, People, Aretha Franklin’s compelling rendition of Respect, John Lennon’s Imagine. We take these words in, but do we allow them to enter our hearts? For, in our hearts is where we are being asked to dig deep.
I don’t often write about religion. But here, I must remind us that Jesus showed us the lesson of self-sacrifice. Of paying it forward to help our fellow mankind. Yes, social media allows us to get the word out, however, it often seems to fall short of reaching its intention, which is to call people to action. And yes, that call is to all of you, no matter where you are living in our country right now.
It is asking you to dig deep in your soul to understand that life is not just about creature comforts. It’s not about sitting smugly where you are judging others for where they are choosing to live and perhaps feeling that they have prices to pay with what is happening with fires, floods, hurricanes and other disasters. It is not asking us to live vacantly. As Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Mother Theresa and countless others throughout the centuries have shown us, we are all to dig deep. We are being asked to life with contained egos – non-judgment and working for the greater good of all.
When I fled from Redding California over three weeks ago from the Carr fire with neighbors banging on my door, I packed my car with what mattered most, and it was so little. I drove that night to a motel farther east in Redding and returned home the next morning to pack some more, take video and pictures of my home for insurance, thank it for being my home, and I left with a prayer and leap of faith on a journey through the fire.
I am fortunate and so blessed to have safe haven on the Mendocino coast until the air is safe enough for me to return as I have a heart condition. However, this journey has humbled me and brought me to a place of self-sacrifice for my research project with the North State Symphony and for how I can help our Redding Community heal and recover. I am donating my work for the research and donating 10 free Resilience coaching sessions for people of Redding and 50% off for sessions for 3 months. Yes, I went deep into my soul, asking for answers, received the messages and am answering.
As a child and young adult, I always had a profound understanding that everything could be taken from us in a moment, whether it be finances, health, family, home. I know within my core that we are given all the strength we need to weather the storms. Yes, my friends, it is time to step out of your comfort zones, for our world is changing and evolving.