January 9, 2019-
The young boy reacted to a task that was beyond his scope of understanding, in the only way he knew: He threw a fit of self-harm and flailing rage. Two women were able to guide him through the anger and calm him down, without any appreciable damage to himself or anyone else. He spent the rest of the day in peace, and participated in afternoon activities.
The past forty-eight hours have seen a fair amount of negativity, in situations far and near:
A dear friend has seen the person closest to her have to be brought to hospital, in a life-threatening emergency. My prayers, and those of dozens of others, have gone up, that he may survive the night and recover. The spouse, or significant other, of a friend is as dear to my heart as the friend.
There was, yesterday, what turned out to be a minor hiccup, in my son’s and daughter-in-law’s planned ceremony to sanctify their civil wedding vows. We maintained patience and the right thing happened-hiccup cured. Ceremony will proceed as planned, in two months’ time.
I had planned, with a group of co-workers and their friends/family, to conduct a clean-up of one of the National Park properties that is not far from here. This morning, an alert, banning the public from said property during the current shutdown, was hastily posted on the park’s website. While I can see any number of concerns that would bring such a response to the offers of a clean-up, (Ours was not the only such offer.), the shutdown as a whole is extremely negative and counterproductive. Our group could clean up any of the National Forest sites in this area, though the U.S. Forest Service is fully operational. We could, as one person elsewhere told me, focus on local neighbourhoods and not worry about Federal land. These two scenarios can, and should, be a regular part of civic life-above and beyond the present impasse. (More on “local vs. global”, in another post.) Our point, though, in THIS situation, is that the National Park System is suffering, mightily, from ongoing neglect during the present shutdown. It needs its citizens to step up, more than ever.
Negative energy is always around, and as darkness is dispelled by light, it can be countered and neutralized by a stronger positive energy. Fighting fire with fire, or mud with more mud, is a short-term strategy, which usually results in the perpetuation of the very iniquity that one seeks to remove. I have found that either maintaining a stronger stance of love, in the face of hate, or cutting off the flow of negativity altogether, has brought the darkness to naught.