It saddens me that with all the trauma happening in the world people remain so critical of each other. Yes, I realize that even the act of typing that sentence I too am being critical. There is a massive flood happening in Houston Texas right now and there is a lot of heroism taking place and yet we still find reason to attack one another. I am not interested what shoes the presidents wife chose to wear but I am fascinated by the survival mechanisms that fire ants employee in flood conditions. I cant help but wonder what it would be like if instead of looking for someone to lash out at we looked within and acknowledged our own fears and insecurity.
We had a major freak out moment in Texas yesterday and got caught up in feelings of lack. Gas stations were running out of gas across the state because many of us panicked before getting all of the information available. Instead of acknowledging that we got caught up in our fear based thinking many chose instead to place the blame on the media. Ok, The media reported what was being reported to them and yes they own some responsibility in what they chose to put out there; however, we do own some responsibility in what we choose to to with the information presented to us.
It seems to be human nature to look for a scapegoat and blame them for all our ills. What does scapegoating do for us; does it truly make us feel better or does it keep us stuck? What if instead of being critical of each other we acknowledge that the person we are judging is struggling the same as we are maybe it looks different, but we are all struggling in our own way. What if instead of being critical of each other we met each other with love and compassion? Would it really take away from us to acknowledge the humanity in the person before us or would it strengthen us instead? Acknowledging your struggles doesn’t take away my struggles or make them any less real but perhaps if just for a moment I feel less alone.
We are in this together, like those fire ants forming a floating island by banding together to save the colony. I salute all the brave humans banding together this time of crisis for the greater good of all.