Today – here and now – consider the part you are destined to play in the world, because you have a vital part. Move beyond your comfort zone. Fall in love more and more with your mighty human family.
As a global human family, this is our moment to stop seeing one another as separate, as other, as strangers. This is our moment to stop looking away. This is our moment to stop waiting for someone else to do something. This is our moment to stop wishing for someone whom we deem more capable or wealthy, someone who seems to have more time, to step up and do something. Our brothers and sisters in our family around the world need us and we need them.
“If to BE feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to BE a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to BE at large.” -William Wilberforce, slave-trade abolitionist
This connection with people you call your own changes things—it will change you. It will open the door for you to unleash more of who you are. It will fan the flame of your one-of-a-kind purpose on the planet.
Perhaps you have been overwhelmed in the past by the plethora of causes or issues that come your way … maybe in a nonstop flood of needs or in a burdensome message that you “should do more for others.” You may have been burned out with your attempts to respond to such issues in the past. But this is different. (Read more in this excerpt from Live Ablaze and Soulfully Ablaze.)
BE Still. Surrender.
Imagine the perfectly contented feeling at the end of a meal.
Good drink, good food.
Life is good.
Cultivate that feeling right here and now.
BE at peace. BE at rest. BE.
Ponder. Go Deeper.
Where and when have you had the experience of personally connecting with a person who, at a glance, appeared unlike you, but with whom you shared a moment of not-so- otherness and maybe of connection? When have you bumped up against or cultivated interconnection with those most vulnerable, struggling, silenced, or marginalized? If you have had an experience of either, ponder and write about them. Did it feel comfortable, uncomfortable? What did you learn? Are there any bits and pieces you want to draw into your everyday life more (or less) now?
Take one “issue” that you are intrigued by or care about and make one personal connection around this “cause” today. Think outside the box. For example, if you care about human trafficking, reach out to a company that sells items made by people freed from trafficking and buy a birthday gift for a loved one. Or, fish around a bit to see if there are ways you can further support an organization through spreading the word on social media about what they are doing, through volunteering, or by calling them to make a real personal connection.
For a guided Place of Pause (PoP), check out this PDF reading from Live Ablaze and Soulfully Ablaze, the video below about today’s PoP, or the complete video series (all are free) of 10-minute PoPs.
Given the state of our world – the Corona virus pandemic, school and work closures, challenges to global markets and personal paychecks – we must take a few moments to BE still and to pause. These days, more than ever, there has been much clamoring for our attention 24-7 with LOUD, FEAR-based, PANIC-inducing messages – but let’s practice peace, together, amidst these stormy days. I share these PoPs so you can FILL UP with peace and navigate this wild and crazy season with strength and courage.
May you discover more of who you are and what matters most to you.
May you witness with wonder what grows when
you plant your little or big seeds alongside your unstoppable tribe.
You were made for this.
You are loved.
We belong to each other.
Let’s standTALL together and light up the world!
My love is with and for you, my friend. Have a most blessed and beautyFULL day!
xo, -Sarah DT ❤️