Be the Light.
There is something simple and profound in our ability to feel sorrow for one another. In the Christian Gospels, the shortest scripture ("Jesus wept.") relates the sorrow Jesus experienced at the death of his friend, Lazarus. The sorrow was more about the implications of the experience than the apparent loss of a friend. In many respects, it is an illustration of our propensity to surrender to human limitations instead of acting on our faith in something that exceeds our human understanding. Jesus knew that Lazarus could be raised from the dead; yet, in this moment, his friend is gone and his friends and family are (naturally) saddened.
Jesus wept as we all do, in one form or another, when we connect with the depth of the sadness in the world. We see the struggle of the homeless, the abuse of the disenfranchised and the solitude of the lonely. We may admit the sadness and permit the tears or harden our hearts and turn our heads to manage the unyielding pain. We may elect to self-medicate and soothe our sorrows with our addiction of choice.
Jesus did not simply weep. The story continues. In the midst of his sorrow, he acted as one does who is destined to lead others out of the darkness. He took effective action. He raised a situation of apparent end to one of unlimited possibility.
We are all Jesus, my friends. As we move through a new month, let us refuse to turn our backs on the apparent miseries that plague us (and our neighbors). Let us become vessels of light in a world that can no longer afford darkness. Bring your love to another, not just in words, but in expression. Allow your self to feel uncomfortable with seemingly insurmountable obstacles and move beyond them to create possibility in the life of another.
Success or sabotage? Our success is dependent upon the success of others. There is no competition.
Is this going to be an incredible day? At this moment, you may answer this question. Use every fabric of your being to make it so.