After last week's venture into the political/cultural arena, I heard from a number of you. Thank you.
Many expressed support for my speaking up – support much needed and appreciated. One of you (thanks Betsy) made the wonderful suggestion that I send love energy to Glenn Beck. I've long taught that if we want anything to grow or change, in ourselves or in someone else, we have to love it first. And it's always a good idea to walk one's talk.
I was most struck – both touched and humbled – by the unexpectedly gentle response from a couple of folks whose views differ from mine. My surprise reminded me of how easy it is, in these polarized times, to paint each other in overly broad strokes, to miss the complexity and nuances of individuals, to avoid one another, to forget the humanness and divinity we all share.
As I do my best to follow a path of love, I look for balance – a "both/and" that includes engagement and disengagement, doing and not doing, showing up and letting go. I acknowledge mystery, contradiction, ambiguity. I live with knowing and not knowing – and questions like:
Can I make room inside for the peaceful warrior?