I remember the time well.
My place of employment was vandalized – again.
This time, they pushed a hose through the bathroom window next to my office
… turned on the faucet and disappeared.
As the water poured into my office
I could feel the stress rising.
That experience became an apt image
for those “rising-waters-of-life” times
when exterior circumstances are such that I feel flooded with stress.
Are the ‘waters of your life’ rising?
Individual stressors of
… health, finances, relationships
pummel your emotional inner shores?
Global stressors of
… politics, the environment, terrorism
flood your thoughts and sleepless nights, anger issues, depression
further pound your emotions?
Distress robs us of living life to the fullest.
Distress denies us the opportunity to be whole in body, mind and spirit.
If we were honest, we would admit that some distress can be avoided
like caring for our bodies
… driving carefully
… eating sensibly
… getting adequate amounts of rest
… having regular dentist and doctor check-ups
like exercising our minds
… listening to various kinds of music
… developing a hobby
like nourishing our souls
… savouring the beauty of the world around us
… being humbled by the awareness of the gift of our life
… being appreciative and thankful for the blessings around us.
But, what about the corporate distress waters that are rising quickly these days?
Some would say that little can be done about those types of distress.
But perhaps there is something that can be done.
… exercise our right to vote at each election (municipal, provincial and national)
… cast our ballot for the candidates we think will make a positive difference
in the environment, legal system, health care, educational system, security etc.
… become involved in our communities and volunteer our time to community organizations
which work so faithfully at inculcating morals and values in our children and youth
… volunteer our time to those organizations which provide health care and financial resources
to better provide for those with physical and emotional disabilities
… help out with groups who work with and care for our youth, the elderly, the unemployed, the single parent families, the abused, the victimized, the homeless, the hungry etc.
… pray that the evil in our world doesn’t overwhelm us
… pray that the evil in the world doesn’t infiltrate the hearts and minds of our youth
… pray that the evil in the world doesn’t contaminate politicians, corporations and institutions any further.
… pray that goodness will reign
… pray that hope will be experienced
… pray that inner joy will permeate each woman, child, man, youth
… pray that wisdom will be respected
… and pray that peace, not conflict or war
will be the mandate of all governments and societies.
Yes, there is something we can do.
Photo & Text © June Maffin