Today was a dark day in the United States.
A day where
… greed trumped compassion
… power trumped integrity and truth
… and lives will be sacrificed
because a small group of very wealthy, powerful people in Washington
voted on a Bill they were desperate to pass
even though they didn’t read the Bill ahead of the vote
and had no knowledge of its contents
… let alone its consequences.

In Native American folklore
the owl represents ‘sacred knowledge’
and is a symbol of being able ‘to navigate any darkness in life’.

Where, O Owl, is the ‘sacred knowledge’ in all of what has been happening?
How can this darkness be navigated?

“Owl,” said Rabbit to Owl
“you and I have brains.
The others have fluff.
If there is any thinking to be done in this Forest,
you and I must do it.”   <
A.A. Milne>

What can I do
… living in a country that is not the United States?
If I feel so helpless
… and can’t imagine what people living in the United States are feeling.

What can I do?
… I can add my small voice to the growing international voice of outrage.
… I can let my neighbours to the south know that they are in my thoughts and prayers.
… I can move my thoughts to possibilities and not dwell on the darkness.
Those are some things I can do.

What can be done
… by those living in the United States?
They can pray.
They can blog.
… They can contact their local Senator and let them know their thoughts
and implore them to not vote to accept the Bill when it gets to the Senate.
… They can add their signature to petitions that have begun to circulate.
… They can write their local newspapers and speak up at Town Hall meetings.

We must remember that we have brains and
… the others
have fluff.

Together, may we be owls
… wise owls
who possess sacred knowledge
… and are able to navigate “any darkness in life.”


Photo, Wise Owl Card and Text © June Maffin

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