…and in the times that you live. Right now, this feels very challenging. With a pandemic, wildfires around the earth, worldwide protests arising from ongoing social injustices, political instability, economic crashes, and more! Who wouldn’t want to escape into the past or a perceived as better future?
How often do I retreat into the past or project into the future in my thoughts? Often, I’m sure. I remember thinking that “things would be better when I conquered some aspect of my personality…in the future” or how much more pleasant it is to linger over a rare soft spot in the past. I do think that sometimes, it is good to recall a moment when I felt powerful in the past, or exceptionally healthy or positive and to draw on that feeling to bring it forward into a challenging time today. However, idling there isn’t helpful. And while it’s fine to imagine a better future, now is where the action happens to begin to shift energy.
On my last birthday…I rediscovered magic. I woke on my birthday feeling unsettled and grumpy. I felt like cancelling the gathering with three friends. I had a flexible plan for them to come over around 5:00 p.m., depending on the heat. We would sit outside, bring our own food and drink, sit socially distant and share carrot cake. Contemplating cancelling, I thought about the last birthday, a big one, when I was sick. I thought about how I deserved a party, a celebration of me. I remembered when I was a girl and had given myself a few birthday parties…because no one else would. Suddenly, I had the energy to create a special setting for myself and my friends in the backyard. And the day unfolded from there into a lovely shared experience.
“Let me stand in my age with all its waters flowing round me.
If they sometimes subdue, they must finally upbear me, for I
seek the universal and that must be the best.”
I didn’t know who Margaret Fuller was. Do you? It’s amazing to me how many women of some notoriety in their times have slipped through the cracks of “his…story.”
Margaret Fuller was an American journalist, editor, critic, translator, and women’s rights activist (1810 to 1850). In a brief forty years, she accomplished quite a bit! She left behind a lot of her writings including a book entitled Woman in the Nineteenth Century. I encourage you to google her and read a brief bio of her life. She was a deep thinker of her times. Anyone who has gone before (our ancestors) sets the stage for the next ones to enter.