Are you wondering what company to work for? Who to hire to improve your house? Who to marry? Which friends to associate with? Which product to buy? Every day we have to make decisions about who we will work, play, and connect with, and which people and organizations we will support.
Many of us have lots of questions about what 2021 will bring. When will the pandemic end? Will I return to my job, or will I have to reinvent myself? Will the kids be able to get out of the house? Will I be allowed to go to a concert, travel, or visit my relatives? Can I hug people I love, or will everyone important to me be relegated to a little rectangular image on my computer screen?
What will happen during the coming year depends on who you think you are.
My neighbor Rick is a retired homicide detective. Nearly every workday for 25 years Rick went to crime scenes where someone had been murdered. While you might expect that Rick would be quite hardboiled after such a grisly career, he is a very gentle, sensitive man. He cried when he learned that one of our neighbor’s dogs had died.
I heard a spiritual teacher liken our current world situation to two railroad trains leaving the station at the same time, in directions at a slight angle to each other. As the trains depart the station, they are close to one another, so if you wished to transfer from one train to the other, you could jump the short distance.
As the trains proceed on their different tracks, they move farther and farther apart. The distance between the trains increases until it would be impossible for you to jump from one to the other.
The world seems to be in the worst condition it has ever been. A global pandemic, uncertain economy, restriction of movement, racial injustice, crazy politics, war, and so many adverse conditions make us feel powerless, unsettled, and fearful of the future. How did we get into this mess? More important, how can we get out?