In the wake of natural and man-made disasters that we see brewing and exploding around us, it is interesting to observe responses on the human level. We see groups claiming victimization, we see groups behaving like mere spectators, we see groups hailing the onset of Armageddon, and then there are groups stating the symbolism and metaphors in all occurrences.
No matter what your level of introspection in your own relationship to your environment – personally or globally, these events – no matter the strength of their impact upon us and our lives, serve as wake-up calls and demand that we pay attention. There has been much ridicule to the notion of wake-up calls, but really, who’s to say what is an epiphany to each of us, with each event that touches us?
Every event that touches our lives is an opportunity for introspection. Sometimes we get little nudges and sometimes we get a kick in the behind. We get clues, that if we’re aware enough to decipher, we get to move up or down our chosen paths and even be in harmony with the paths we choose and that perhaps chosen for us by something greater.
But what if we don’t take these generous opportunities to better ourselves and our lives? In times of crisis, regardless of what they are, we begin to take stock of our bank accounts, material inventories, water supply, our pantries and freezers and even our gas tanks. What about our internal pantries and internal tanks? What’s missing in our lives and how much energy and courage will it take to fill? Sometimes what’s missing may be balance. Balance between the excess and the shortage – physical and emotional. Perhaps too much drama and not enough courage? Too much guilt and not enough compassion? Too much ego and not enough confidence?
Maybe the messages aren’t for all of us, maybe for some more than others, and maybe for all affected, but the messages may be different for each. The thing to remember is, any time is a good time for taking stock. We shouldn’t wait for a ton of bricks to fall on our heads – literally, should we? But oftentimes we do. So the question remains, what does it all mean to you? In the end that’s all that really counts. Are you directly or indirectly affected? If it didn’t touch you at all, did it touch you at all? Out of love… compassion… awe… fear… respect… honor? To yourself… to others? Do you set yourself apart from or become a part of?
Invariably and inevitably, a global calamity ultimately has a way of trickling down and seeping in, becoming a personal calamity. Just as an exercise in relationship and perspective, think of some past and current world events, both natural and man-made and think about how it may have impacted your own life and to what degree. How, if at all have you been affected? Could you have changed the outcome had you done something differently? Could you in the future?
While we cannot really predict what is forthcoming and we are constantly changing the future with our present actions, we can take stock of ourselves and do our best to make sure the actions we take are good ones. If we wake up and stop hitting the snooze button, we might just be awake enough to save someone, maybe even you.