a lot of people i know are under the press of some twisty circumstances in their lives and i include myself in their number.
my landlord is having my bathroom re-tiled, and the road in front of my house is being milled and so there are fumes of diesel fuel and hot tar outside, and fumes of mastic inside.
i am also being challenged in other areas of a more personal nature and the sum result of all of this has been a 2-day headache, which i am happy to say i awoke without this morning.
two friends are having pretty severe low back issues. another is overwhelmed by her 3 small children and husband's demanding job. many of us are financially unstable at the moment (even though we are all 'rich' in that we have homes, friends, work, cars, etc.).
summertime is the down time in southeastern az; it's when the students leave, the snowbirds leave, the hippie gypsies leave, and the traffic thins (actually a big plus)--and when one's income depends on the presence of others, i.e. massage, the paychecks can get a little thin.
and yet, and yet, and yet: i am alive, i am breathing, i am not dodging sniper bullets, i have enough food in the fridge, i can go to the store and get more 1) because i have a few dollars and 2) because there IS a store and it HAS food. good, organic, yummy seasonal food too.
it doesn't take a lot of looking around, even in this country, to count myself among the extremely fortunate. if i check out the news and find out what's happening across the globe, my fortune soars!
but here's a little secret i've been told just recently: "THERE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH GOOD IN THIS WORLD FOR EVERYONE TO SHARE."
please, hold that thought inside your heart & mind for a few moments, and visualize the impact it can have on your worldview, no matter what is going on in your lives.
and so, i am holding my concerns and those of my friends in the light of all goodness and abundance, as i hold the earth and all her people, as often as i can.