Show Your Soul!

I love the new year! The hope and energy it brings…hope for better times and new beginnings. I know so many are glad to see 2009 go. There has been a lot of strife and struggle this past year and the economy is only part of it. Yet I feel a sense of excitement as we enter this new year! I am encouraged to see how we can gather together to help one another. We are not alone in our struggles. Even when we find our selves in need we still have something we can share with others.  

I came upon this short essay by Clarissa Pinkola-Estes.  She speaks so eloquently of what we each must remember and try to do.                               

Do Not Lose Heart      

   Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take “everyone on Earth” to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.                                 One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these—to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both are acts of immense bravery and great necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

My prayer is that we would not be afraid to show our souls and make a positive difference in these difficult times. May this day…week…year be filled with our bravery! Show your soul!

Blessings!   Susan

May the Lord bless you and keep you;

May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you;

May the Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

~Numbers 6:24-26


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