Digging Deep in a Time of Uncertainty
“When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life,” Eckhart Tolle told us in his best-selling book A New Earth. He also said, “Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.”
A Great Awakening
Despite the feelings of anger, despair and disbelief for many in the aftermath of the American presidential election, we cannot deny that this is, potentially, a period of great awakening. If, like me, you were one of the popular majority who was not happy with this result, I implore you to diligently examine your personal insides going forward. We can still pursue life, liberty and happiness, but as Ghandi encouraged, “We must be the change we want to see in the world.”
Let’s look at what we are abundantly blessed with in this country just by virtue of the First Amendment of our Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
It’s time to dig deep into these rights and freedoms. Paying lip service and basking in the comfort of them will likely no longer be enough. It’s time to:
- Draw from the source of religion or spirituality that lifts you up and allows you to bring more compassion to the world
- Pester the press for transparency instead of propaganda
- Peacefully gather and assemble to assert these rights as a whole
- Petition the government with grievances when it fails in its obligations to the citizens
A Message Worth Sharing
Yesterday I received a beautiful email from one of the grassroots organizations I support. I thought its message was one worth sharing:
In this moment of deep uncertainty, I want to say how incredibly grateful I am for our community of activists and allies. Coming out of the election, it’s clear how divided our country is — and just how indispensable your work will be to move us forward.
Whatever your political persuasion, I know many of you are still trying to absorb this election and are experiencing an array of reactions. Finding a way forward, even when the path is not clear, has been a strength of our organization. Over the last months and years and decades, your voices have had an enormous impact both in stopping bad policies, and in creating good (and often transformational) ones that have positively impacted millions of lives. Your voice will be even more important now…
Use Your Voice
My voice, your voice, our collective voices will be even more important now. In this time of great uncertainty, let’s become comfortable with change and use our voices for good.