I write a blog. I give writing prompts. I aim to inspire. That said, there is something too real to ignore right now near where I live and affecting my immediate family. I live in the forested mountains of northern California. There are more forested areas to the north, east, south and west of where I live. Three of my sisters live one hour south of here. Two of them have been evacuated from their homes due to forest fires. The fires are now 17% contained. Where I live, the air has been of an unhealthy quality due to
Why is it this way with humans–if it’s not happening to us directly or to someone we love, then we can disregard it. Healthy detachment is good…but when we don’t think it could happen to us or our families, then we are in denial. Do we have a false sense of divine immunity perhaps?
Regardless of our race, creed, color, gender, sexual preference or other differentiating factors, don’t we all want to feel safe? Don’t we all desire the safety and well-being of those we love? Isn’t this a a common thread of connection despite all of the things we name that separate us? Isn’t this awareness/recognition the fulcrum upon which we can chart a new course?
Instead of putting dollars into making heftier weaponry, shouldn’t we be collaborating to save our planet? What if we put our collective imaginations in that direction? What could life on earth look like then?
Today, the smoke level has reached unhealthy proportions where I live. I am packing what I need and preparing to leave, if necessary. This has been one of the worst fire seasons we’ve experienced in this part of the country. We need rain. We need prayers.
For now, this blog is suspended. Thank you for following it over this past year.
Best wishes to everyone.