Editor’s Note: Two of the Interfaith Advisors of the ADR New Beginnings project offer inspirational words during these difficult times. All of us are praying for the health and well-being of so many and for better times around the planet.
A Light in the Darkness – by Robyn Lebron
Fear of the unknown is very common; something we’ve all experience, I’m sure. I remember when my daughter was leaving a 200-student middle school, and going to a 2,500-student high school. She was terrified that she would be “lost all the time” until I reminded her that her favorite mall was twice that size, and she was never lost there!
The “little child” in us rears it’s head when situations arise that we feel unprepared for. But as we pass through the eye of the storm, something miraculous happens! When human beings are faced with difficult situations, they rise to extraordinary heights! The spirit inside us blossoms and we become the beings we are meant to be. The sight of another person or community in need erases all those childlike fears, and we expose our “superman” uniforms!
You all the know the stories….the hundreds of Search and Rescue Dogs and their Handlers rushed to the aid of those trapped on 9-11. Thousands of people went by bus to help with cleanup and truck after truck filled with goods arrived after Hurricane Katrina. Stories of teenage boys rescuing an elderly neighbor who house is on fire. We all remember those stories and more.
Tragedy brings out the best in people, once we let go of the little child holding us back. Focus outside yourself. Let your inner child be calmed by the knowledge that you can be a light in the darkness for someone else. We are all living through the same experience. Our choice must be to rise to this opportunity to become who we are meant to be! Let your inner light shed the darkness for others. Only then will you not be fearful…you will be empowered!
Wisdom and Comfort – by Sridhar Rangaswamy
There is a saying where there is a will, there is a way – this is the time to make things happen at home in a formidable, cordial way – become more closer, loving, caring for each other, supportive of each other, watching and learning together – these are aspects of helping and creating much-needed perspectives.
The spread of coronavirus into a pandemic has made people very fearful, frightened, and scared. But in these times of uncertainty, we can take comfort and solace in one another. This should be a time for family bonding. Most schools and many workplaces are closed. Parents can connect with the kids and grand parents can pitch in and help when the parents are away at work. Consider this a reunion of the family. Parents should set a timetable for the kids so that they can keep a track of their studies, play games, and better connect with one another.
It’s also important to take care of one’s mental and physical health by connecting on a spiritual level. Practice yoga and indulge in some physical exercises, eat a healthy diet and follow other natural remedies to keep calm and composed during the crisis.
In these trying times, it is of utmost importance to use our intellect and wisdom and to distinguish between the fake stories and the real ones. We must seek comfort in the fact that this taxing and stressful time will pass. Trust the intrepid human spirit to ride out this crisis.
Ten qualities to acquire during this period are …
- Be compassionate.
- Be humble.
- Be proactive.
- Be consistent.
- Be persistent.
- Be strong.
- Show your true genuine love, treat as if family, like brothers or sisters. More you love the world; more you get back.
- Create a list of the major areas we need to look into: start with the family, then with street, then the country, and then the nation
- Be a problem solver and solutions finder getting to root causes.
- Be a nation of Harmony. One Nation Under God, One goal, One team, One fight.
- Pandemic Thoughts – by Robyn Lebron and Sridhar Rangaswamy - March 20, 2020