Good morning. I am a bit lost with myself right now. Part of me wants to hop in the car and head to Asheville for the day to hang out, eat and take a yoga workshop (the carrot cake from French Broad is reason enough to make the drive…no, really) but the logical side of me says I need to stay in Charlotte. I have so much work to get done. Maybe I’ll figure it out by the time I finish this post.
I couldn’t blog yesterday. Anything that I could have said or shared seemed insignificant given the events that happened in Newtown, Connecticut. These horrific stories remind us that we live in a world full of brokenness. It’s absolutely heartbreaking and so unfair to think that 20 children will miss Christmas, growing up and the rest of their lives. And that six adults who were an important part of crafting young minds are no longer able to do that.
When I started yoga teacher training in January 2011 I distinctly remember one of my fellow teacher trainees breaking down in tears our very first weekend. Representative Gabrielle Giffords had been shot the day before in an assassination attempt where 17 people were shot and six of them were killed. My friend sat there on a Sunday morning questioning how she could be in the room doing something like teacher training when there was so much terrible stuff going on in the outside world. What was the point?
Sometimes the enormity of the world and all of the things that happen in it can be paralyzing. We spent a long time talking about how we cannot become overwhelmed and live in a state of fear and defeat. Now, it’s more important than ever that we work for good. That we do things that lift us up so that we can in turn spread that to others.
My therapist has said to me on many occasions that safety is an illusion. Sadly, it’s true. Nothing is a guarantee. We work really, really hard to create these perfect little bubbles that are our lives but those bubbles can burst at any moment. The best we can do is to be proud of the work we do and actions we take every day. Much like the Salvation Song quote that I posted earlier in the week…“We came to leave behind the world a better way.”
This isn’t the post that I meant to write. I had photos of sushi, Mexican quinoa and oatmeal edited. I was going to tell you about seeing the last Twilight movie last night. But that’s the beauty of blogging…having writing as an outlet. Apparently, this is what I needed to get out early on this cold Saturday morning.