SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the metaphor of great ships and service? Can you share a personal story that illustrates "soul on deck" that shines like gold in dark times? What helps you get on the deck and shine, instead of giving in to despair?
mahalo to you for these magical words that are a restorative to my soul! I read them back when you first wrote them and passed them on. Now someone has passed them on to me, today, and they resonate even more! "Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times." This will forever inspire me.
Thank you for these words of wisdom, love & grace. I am blessed to have read this today.
gracias Clarissa me encantan tus mensajes...para mi "Mujeres que corren con lobos" es la biblia femenina
Thank you for your powerful, inspiring reflection—what a safe harbor we have in the midst of daily turmoil and what great comfort it is to know that we are not alone, and we most assuredly have a higher purpose in this world. I will take these words and wrap them around me like a blanket as I move through my days.
I will reach out and mend the part of the world that is within my reach. I will not let despair eat from my plate and I will remember why I came to this earth. Thank you!
We as human beings experience the dark night of the soul, individually and collectively. The ancient world epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata, Odessa and Iliad depict the dark and the bright side of us as human beings.Lots of destruction and damage to nature and to human beings have been done by us. We witness such acts of violence done to nature and to us as humans by the advanced countries in the world. There are also living examples of people who are devoted to doing the greater good, even at the cost of their lives. This is what Jesus did, what Mahatma Gandhi did, what Martin Luther did what Nelson Mandela did.
I introspect and examine my inner landscape. I do find myself hurting some one, blaming someone for my misery and not being truthful. It is a journey of life with twists and turns, with dark clouds and sunshine. peaks and valleys and thorns and flowers. I have accepted myself as a human being and I have been learning to be kind to myself and learn from my fall downs. There is that Human in me and there is that Being in me. The Being in me enlightens me and helps me walk on the right path. I am very grateful to my spiritual teachers who have shone me the path of living right, held my hand when I fell down and helped me with compassion to rise up and continue my journey.
So, let us not our consciousness be filled with the dark clouds of gloom and doom, but enkindle the light within to walk with hope, courage, and compassion.
May we join our hands, heads and hearts as we travel together with hope, courage and compassion!
Rage is rage. There is no righteous rage, like there is no just war. I don't think we have been learning, practicing, training for and waiting for this plain of engagement. We have been living and learning and have whatever skills and wisdom we have to deal with what's happening. I agree there are a lot of awakened souls that are sea worthy and may hold their own. I appreciate the author's optimism -- I hope she's right. Submitting to a voice greater doesn't mean necessarily that we'll mend anything or reach an enduring good or bring justice and peace. I fully believe that we are to get out into the open sea, and I'm all for standing up on deck and showing one's soul and shining like gold, and doing what is within our reach, all of which is our right and responsibility and may be an act of immense bravery and greatest necessity, and may inspire other souls. Maybe we will hit critical mass and tip toward enduring good. I also full believe there is no guaranteed outcome. We may withstand storms and flourish -- I hope we do. I also know the ship may sink. That's not at all reason to despair -- it's simply being realistic.[Hide Full Comment]
So grateful for this. Daily I question what I am doing in what looks like the middle of nowhere in rural, cold N. Idaho where I want to grow food. I am overwhelmed by the amount of wildlife, cold weather and dark days combating efforts to grow more than weeds. This article underlined the reminder that the future is none of my business. My only job is to prepare and show up, whether to build a deer fence, weed or assist a neighbor.
Tolkien had such a succinct summary of this article, via Gandalf to overwhelmed Frodo (which I can only paraphrase): We cannot decide what time we are born into. We can only decide what to do with the time given us. The operative word is "do." Action, as in sailing or steaming ahead against the waves, like a great ship, is life, not staying inactive, thinking about life. And, the great news is the fleet I join, in action, on the majestic sea.
We are each a great ship, or perhaps a smaller vessel, but together we become that ship and we are able to serve, to float, to lift others from the waves. My own journey is to continue sharing stories of hope, light, love,compassion and understanding: whether that is one person at a time in conversation, through the posts I choose to write and share on social media or like today when I have the blessed opportunity to present in front of 1200 high school students to remind them 1. They are enough just as they are made. 2. They are the author of their own story. 3. We become the stories we consume, share and tell, and we have a Choice in those stories. <3 here's to holding onto hope and light, even if only a glimmer. Hugs from my heart to all of yours.
The beautiful metaphors in this passage warm my heart and transport me to the oceans! Among the many I like, this one is most striking - "When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for." The call to go beyond our boundaries of safety is inspiring.