The World on Fire


I, like most of you, have been fortunate enough to be born in a country and situation of stability. I have never heard the sounds of bombs dropping from the sky, I have never seen bodies blown to pieces, I have never watched a child deliriously cry after being pulled out of rubble and learning their parents have died. I have never had to worry about starvation. I have never had to worry about a mob of men raping me. I have never had to surrender my life to hopelessness. This is all because I was fortunate enough to be born in a place other than Aleppo, Syria. A place other than South Sudan. A place other than Yemen. A place other than Burundi. A place other than many other places in this world. Humanity’s shadow side is incredibly dark. However, the biggest disappointment is the complacency of those of us so far removed from the situation. The self-consumed attitude. As if what is happening over the Atlantic will never arrive at our door. As if we don’t have the foundations to birth a place of viable instability. As if we don’t have a responsibility to our fellow human beings. WTF humanity?!WTF?! “The world has always been on fire.” But that is because complacency has kept us all from believing we hold the bucket of water needed to extinguish it.

Tides

 

Brings to shore what hides in the deep
To wash away uncertainties we keep
And then exposes what’s left in the sand
To give an opportunity to begin again

Collect your shells and write your name
But be prepared for the tide to claim
What you’ve shared and let go
Only you and sea, will know.

Earth, Water, Air, Fire

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Be like Earth
Solid, Committed
Loyal, Firm
Allow water to soften rigidity
Allow air to open the mind
Allow fire to power the will

Be like Water
Adaptable, Engaging
Creative, Intuitive
Allow Earth to solidify paths
Allow Air to invite in philosophy
Allow fire to drive expression

Be like Air
Expanding, Generous
Liberated, Inclusive
Allow Water to guide in the flow
Allow Earth to ground scatter
Allow Fire to outline intention

Be Like Fire
Passionate, Ambitious
Spontaneous, Transformative
Allow Air to elevate thought
Allow Water to advance intuition
Allow Earth to introduce patience