“Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
From time to time, events occur that remind us of both the frailty of life and of man’s violence against his fellow man. The events that took place in Norway; the tragic bombings and shootings that took place a couple of days ago have left us all saddened and shocked. We wonder how anyone can find that depth of rage within and then act on it by choosing to annihilate innocent bystanders. We wonder why and, in our attempt to make sense of it all, we find that words fail us. Acts like this one, and others before it, bring to the fore the senselessness of myopic beliefs that parade as truth.
When zealotry replaces compassion and common sense, it is time to seek the silence and wisdom that comes from tuning within for answers. We mourn when lives are lost; particularly when young lives are cut down before their time… We grieve for their loved ones, for the loss of their contributions and talents to the community, and for the reminder of our own mortality… Amy Winehouse lost her battle today and we also grieve the loss of this talented, tender soul…
“Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music.” Marcel Marceau
When words fail, it is time to be silent, to shed our tears, to say a prayer, and then go to that place inside; the well of infinite wisdom. There are many families hurting and many lives lost; innocent lives that remind us that somehow, somewhere, we as a global community failed not just with words but with our collective actions… What will it take to appreciate and cherish the human bond we share? What will it take to find common ground where those who feel voiceless can be heard and those who claim to have the answers can share a platform in search of peace?
Call me naive, but I still believe there is good in humanity and that we can transcend our collective histories of petty hatreds and oppression. But, it must begin with reflection; tuning into that silent place that resides in every human heart, a place that never lies. It is the place we seek when life’s challenges become too much, when we feel we’ve reached the edge or the precipice of our understanding. Perhaps, we can begin there and find our way back to center with comforting words followed by loving actions. Consistent action… What do you think? More below
“Silence is a source of great strength.” Lao Tzu
When words fail, we will find that observing silence, seeking solitude, and spending time in the presence of water, even temporarily, soothes our jarred nerves offering us some help. Often, our tendency is to reach for quick answers, words, solutions, recriminations, retaliation, energetic action… long before we stop and seek the strength and clarity that comes from silence. We must embrace the silence, albeit briefly, if we are to move forward with confidence and a clearer picture of what we, as a global community, need to address.
Our condolences to the families that lost loved ones in Oslo and Utoeya and healing light to the injured/survivors in those areas in Norway. Our condolences to the families involved in the train wrecks in China, to Amy Winehouse’s family, to all who have lost a loved one and all who are hurting… sadness is happiness’ bitter twin. May all who suffer find peace, love and understanding. May all who rage find peace, love and understanding. May all who hate find peace, love and understanding, and may all who seek peace remember to live in peace, with love and understanding…
What about you? What are your thoughts? What do you do when words fail? Do share! Thank you.
Positive Motivation Tip: We are all guests on planet earth and our time here is measured. Let’s spend it in appreciation of our lives and the lives of others…
- Musings: On Yearnings… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- RIP Amy Winehouse (beautifulthieves.wordpress.com)
- Hell Comes to Norway (lgsquirrel.wordpress.com)
- Norway Terrorist Attack – The Horror Of Terrorism (wearetrulyhappy.wordpress.com)