This morning I was rudely awakened and jostled out of my peaceful reverie by the memory that there is trouble brewing right here in River City. In the condo building where I live, we are caught in the middle of a conflict between a board of directors working in the best interests of the community it serves, and a community that is up in arms because of the decisions made by the board of directors working to serve its best interests. It’s a conundrum.
Lucky me. I’m in the middle of it all, teetering on the fence between the two, on one side as a member of the board and on the other, a close friend of the disenfranchised. I’m jammed between a rock and a hard place, between duty, responsibility and friends in a place where everybody knows everybody’s name.
Past experience brings to mind the painful memory of a meeting populated with a large group of residents, peppered with a handful of dissatisfied members whose frustration erupts in bursts of anger and spews forth behavior that borders on abusive toward the board members that serve them on a volunteer basis.
For all the world, it feels as if I’m living a personal mini version of what’s going on in the world. The masses balking at authority, rules, reason, and wisdom—kids going to the bars and beaches, the refusal to wear masks as modeled by the president, the insistence on the entitlement of rights, the resulting anger, protests, and divisiveness. The hang the consequences I want what I want gang. This is the world. It is not us.
As I think about the situation, sometimes I feel helpless in the face of it all. What can I do to help restore peace and harmony? In the midst of my musings, my computer pings, signaling the arrival of another email in the growing thread surrounding the situation. This one appears to have been Divinely inspired, a voice of reason, bringing with it a sense that all is not lost, there is hope, there is a plan of peace within reach, there is a solution, and that if only we will get ourselves out of the way long enough to stop and listen, we will find it.
Yet again I see before us another wonderful opportunity to use the power of our minds and the quiet of our hearts to bring healing to our community. We can either continue to hold on to the anger that fuels discontent, or we can decide to set aside the insistent voice of the personality and invite peace and harmony to rule the day instead. We are a microcosm of the world. What we do within our own minds and our own walls ripples out and affects the entire world.
Personally, as a member of the board and humanity, and as a friend and neighbor, my vote goes in favor of peaceful coexistence, the end of strife, a vote for love. One world, one humanity. It’s ours to live as we wish. We have the power. What’s your vote?
Note: The photo above is courtesy of New Waves of Light, a website designed by anonymous individuals around the world who share the intention of bringing light and love to a world of darkness and chaos. (newwavesoflight.org or NWOL.us).