For nearly two months, we’ve been experiencing smoky days and nights from fires in the outlying areas. We have to stay indoors or wear N95 masks when we go outside. Some of us bought air purifiers to improve the indoor air quality. Looking outside this little burg, reading the weather news across the planet, I see natural catastrophes of huge impact. Once again, a reminder that we aren’t alone and that we all share the same earth. That one thing affects another.
Reminding me of Newton’s “third law” that “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object.”
by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountain and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
We are connected. Everything is connected. Nothing really happens in isolation whether within one’s body or in the external environment. A relational universe.
Do you agree? How do you perceive your connection to others and to the earth?