“There is a Crack in Everything. That’s How the LIGHT Gets In.”
It’s been quite a week. I’d be lying if I said I knew yesterday what I wanted to write or even what I wanted to write about or if I wanted to write at all.
As I searched my heart and soul for words I was told that Leonard Cohen had passed. I went online and read the above quote and something meaningful began to take shape.
I think the older I get the more obvious it becomes that we are ever evolving, ever shifting, ever cracking and it’s a good thing.
That just because my house is clean and the laundry is done and the yard is mowed, it doesn’t mean that it’s done, finished and I can permanently check it off my list. There is no place for “done” in human life. Or if there is, it’s so fleeting that it’s an anomaly.
Living is messy and requires vigilant maintenance and it doesn’t stop even if you feel you need it to stop.
At least stop for a while. So you can get your bearings, repair your cracks.
It doesn’t mean we don’t mourn. It doesn’t mean we don’t honor the feelings we have as they arise and give ourselves the time we need to collect our hearts and re-gather our LIGHT. It is critical if we are to move forward from a place of pain to a place of healing that we allow ourselves to feel what we feel.
It’s just that this changing, this growing, this evolving, this cracking is relentless. It’s happening wether we choose to participate or not.
It’s like how mother nature takes over an abandoned house with weeds and rain and turns the floor boards to dust and dirt and vines the walls and reclaims it as her own. Relentless.
And some changes (some cracking) feel really good and some feel really bad. And more often than not (and I can tell you from experience) work, discomfort, the feelings of restriction and pain all come long before good change (the LIGHT) begins to seep through.
The idea that there is a crack in everything and THAT is where the LIGHT comes in, should give us great pause right now.
It’s telling us that this isn’t the end.
This is our chance.
No matter your political affiliation or where you are at in your own personal cracking…
…it’s time to be the LIGHT.
(Because I know, deep inside my heart, without question that we are all one and that there are massive groups of human beings who have been cracked wide open for years (on both sides) and no one has honored them or listened to them or presented them with solutions or given them strength or support so they have the opportunity to heal and be the light for themselves and each other and those cracks have become shrouded in darkness and frustration and anger and hatred.)
This is our chance. Our chance to be the LIGHT that gets into the cracks. It’s our chance to really listen to one another. To stop seeing other people as separate from us. To be open to the possibilities of change and growth, unity, connection.
It’s our chance to allow each other to speak our truths – all the way to the end – so that people feel heard, cared about, valued.
Because these labels, (Bigot, Misogynist, Racist, Crooked, Whiner, Nasty Woman, etc) these terms, these stereotypical generalizations that we use to amplify boundaries (on both sides) are just that – general. They are not proper descriptions of human beings with real issues, real cracks that we all have and struggle with.
The real crack is that people don’t feel valued.
So compassion is required. Compassion the likes of which we haven’t yet expressed in our lifetimes. You have a friend going off on social media? How about some compassion for that person? How about we turn off the EGO, let go of our need to be right or in the right, and just listen. Listen to the pain, to the anger, to the fear.
Don’t feed the monster what it thrives on which is more pain, anger and fear. Feed it love. Feed it compassion.
Compassion is the most powerful weapon against pain, anger and fear.
Rise up people. Rise Up. Now is the time.
You don’t have to boycott, you don’t have to march, you don’t have to face the possibility of being attacked by dogs or riot police.
You just have to be LOVE.
Show up with your love and patience as never before. Melt the hardened hearts with relentless love. Be like mother nature and reclaim humanity.This is our chance. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
No one is coming to save us. It’s up to us. Boots on the ground. Take it to the streets. It’s time.