February 2, 2019, Phoenix-
So the critters back East, in Punxsutawney and Staten Island, have assured us that it’ll be an early Spring. No shadows were in view, and after that region went through yet another polar vortex, followed by a modicum of thaw, the comfort is probably just a tad cold.
Sitting here, in a lull, during a timely and productive update session regarding the progress of our Faith in central Arizona, I think of the other unseen shadows, with which many of us deal, on a daily, or long-term, basis.
I took care of the biggest shadow, that of my nest-egg, sometime back, and the proceeds from the sale of a house, back in 2014, are in trust, for when I need them, beginning a few years hence.
The shadow of aging has its match, in daily use of essential oils, CBD and hemp products and, at least for a month or so, Thrive products- a gift from a grateful friend. Those and regular exercise keep me healthy and moving.
Any potential family shadows are best handled with proactivity: Research, setting time aside and regular, clear communication. This is true for all points along the family continuum.
The shadow of intellectual cramping is best countered by free dialogue. Closing one’s mind to opposing points of view does not make one smarter. I don’t see how not exposing young minds to either liberal or conservative opinions is going to improve their problem-solving ability. As a youth, I read “Mein Kampf” and “The Communist Manifesto”, being captivated by neither, but at least understanding how the authors arrived at such illogic. Closing off college campuses to Ben Shapiro, or Markos Moulitsas, will never save even the most infantilized freshman from following the primrose path of choice.
There are greater shadows-some real and some figments of vivid imaginations: The Social Security/Medicare fizzle, or lack thereof, in the 2030’s; the coinciding “end-of-the-world”, right about that same time; the potential change of our nation’s form of government (some have spoken of this, since Orwell published “1984”); the generations dropping the ball of civilized behaviour ( I seem to remember how “slovenly” and “unkempt” the Depression Parents and the GI Generation regarded us Baby Boomers).
Shadows are dispelled by light. The lights of faith, understanding, clear communication, discourse and above, all, consistent, firm action, will work wonders at clearing the darkness which seems to pervade so many lives, at so many levels.
Happy Groundhog Day!