The world seems to be burning up in flames. There is chaos everywhere I look.
My social/news feeds, texts, emails, never fail to share with me daily violence that is erupting in streets around the world. Car bombs, shootings, stabbings, aggressive protests, hurricanes, tornados, fires raging, hate fueling, jealousy, negativity, and fear hovering over every one of us.
And all that is on top of natural disasters, heat waves and famines, lack of drinking water, and other horrific conditions burdening people all over.
My heart is twisted in knots.
I worry about what is going on all over the globe, because I truly care.
Here is the thing. I know I’m not the only one. I know that some people are feeling the things I am feeling. I know that everyone has different circumstances in their life calling for their attention and draining them emotionally. Housing situations, transitions, sick families, financial crisis, friendships hanging on by a thread, and other threats that bombard our weary souls. THIS…all in addition to watching or being directly affected by the chaos happening in the world.
It feels as though peace has left the earth…but I want to assure you it hasn’t.
When we are chaotic and we act out of our anxiousness or fear, we are not able to experience peace. We need to be gentle in the way that we treat others and we need to be gentle in the way we move ourselves. And not just when we are around friends, strangers…we need to be gentle in our homes. We need gentleness to be genuine.