Good Evening, God!
This was sunrise this morning. Tomorrow will be too busy for photos . . . or at least blogs . . . as we rise early and leave the ship. We are off for home via Portland, Maine, Chicago, and San Francisco. We are checked in and soon I go to print off our boarding passes.
For the last 20 days or so we have lived as the 1% . . . hm . . I fear that in the world as a whole we ARE the 1%. Scary!
The good news is that we rest upon a vast interconnected web of technology and cooperation. And, that’s the bad news, too. We depend upon cooperation . . . and mutual trust . . . hopefully, even, good will. And they require effort to maintain.
Going from small town to village to small town — I have seen the power of Community. The Power that comes from caring for the group and not just the self. These communities have survived disasters of all kinds — and rebuilt . . . reinvented themselves.
Those are actually two kinds of ability: 1) to endure and hold on 2) to re-evaluate and reinvent. They are difficult to combine . . . or is it coordinate?
The first can be called stubborness . . . or resilience . . . or loyalty. The second one — the ability to reassess and recreate might be seen as disloyalty or being a quitter . . .
Sigh. While we NEED both abilities — they tend to distrust and disrespect each other. Like the gifts of the Left Brain and the Right Brain . . . the question is How Well Do They Work Together.
In truth . . . I guess, God, that all Virtues are balanced by an Opposite Virtue. BALANCE is the Key . . . and the Great Challenge.
And it seems — in the ongoing struggles to Change — what works best is wrapping Change Up in the Cloak of GOING BACK to our ROOTS . . . our TRADITIONS . . . our PAST. So. God, we are going home. My prayer request is that ALL of ME will respect, each other and cooperate together. With Your Help, Please!
God speed, good friends. Greg and Carol