Unemployment and illness (my own house.)
WoW. The earth really is shaking things up, and we are called to grow in compassion and dedication to making this a better place. In our relationships - more love.
In our self-discipline - more focus and dedication.
In our stewardship of the planet - more care and concern for all.
If we don't do these things, well, it's gonna hurt.
It already does for lots of us, but I have seen something this last year. I have seen that the hard times are making us all more aware of what we need to do.
It's a growing time for the whole earth, and although there are some battle cries of the ones who can't deal with the change, over all, the human race is rising to the occasion and making it a better, safer, more compassionate place for all beings.
and making your art is part of sharing the love.
It's all in your perspective, and learning to transmute the struggle into joy helps build the gratitude.
and that's a gift we give to ourselves and everyone.
There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. "Such bad luck," they said sympathetically.
"Maybe," the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. "How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed.
"Maybe," replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. "Maybe," answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.
"Maybe," said the farmer.