ACTIVE HOPE

So here I am, in my new/old .com space. I have more space but what do I have to say? The sky is overcast. The air smell of smoke. We are burning up on our West Coast while they are drowning in Texas. Then there’s the monsoon in India, killing over 1,000 people. But we don’t get much coverage of that. It’s still on the other side of the world. Texas isn’t within our vision range either but it’s in our livingroom every evening. So many terrible things are in our livingroom these evenings. If we don’t watch the news, does not knowing/seeing change anything?

The winds are blowing, bringing more smoke from the forest fires. Our planet and we are between a rock and hard place, I would say. What can we do? What can I do besides hope? Hope is an inert noun. We can hope, want and yearn all we want, but without action it is nothing. It’s just like the song says:

Wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’
Plannin’ and dreamin’ each night of his charms
That won’t get you into his arms
So if you’re lookin’ to find love you can share
All you gotta do is hold him and kiss him and love him
And show him that you care

 

So then, how do we show that we care about this world of ours? Where can we start? Try reading Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnson. I have the book. Now I need to READ it. Really I do. The need comes up more frequently now. Reminding me to read, to do. At least I recognize it. I see the picture. I see the need. I’m talking about it. And we are bringing some hope for a greener life in the rainwater we catch for the garden, in the growing of our vegetables in the summer and in the solar power we’re catching with the panels. Not a lot in the grand scheme of things. But it is a start. Where are you at? How are you coping?

 

About hafong

Hello! My name is (Leung) Hafong alias Lily Leung. You always say the last name first….that is the Chinese way. That is my partner lurking behind me. Since this is my blog, I won’t mention his name. But this is a rather cool picture. You see me and yet you don’t…sort of the way I feel about myself most of my life. So this blog is a self-exploration, an archeology dig of some sort. My tools…..words of a thousand or so at a sitting. I will try for that.
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2 Responses to ACTIVE HOPE

  1. Wow, this Resonates with me Completely. I get you Totally. I Truly know how you are Feeling. …and….I AM reading Active Hope!
    For too long, I have let all the Destruction, Horror, Sadness & Awfulness Overwhelm me, making me feel Hopeless, Affecting me Emotionally & Mentally.
    I need to did a way if Coping so I can be Constantly Productive, Not Just in the Waves of Strengh I Experience.
    I am also reading Modern Buddhism for the Same Reasons. How do I find the Hope & Peace within myself so I can Always be a Light to Mother Earth & Her Beings.💙

    • hafong says:

      Thank you for visiting me here. It’s a comfort to know we are not alone in our feelings. I’ve been listening to Buddhist teachings through Tara Brach for a number of years. I fell in love with their gentleness reading the Buddhist bible in my hotel room when I was in Tokyo. And strange that I became a Catholic. God does work in mysterious ways.

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