“Power at its best is love
implementing the demands of justice.
Justice at its best is love
correcting everything that stands against love.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.~
Over the past few months, I have had the attention span of a gnat. As an avid reader I could not read a book let alone an article. I’d see the words but could not absorb their meaning.
The thing that kept me sane was doing creative projects and allowing my intuition to guide me (right brain). Ideas would come in rapid succession, flooding my brain as I’d try to write them down before they escaped back into the ethers.
Although I had trouble focusing on thoughts, I’ve gathered quite a lot of valuable material to use when the analytical side of my brain (left side) calms down. As soon as I send my newsletter to you, the next edition begins to form and I’ve been working on it since March. Unfortunately I have not been able to complete my April, May or June editions because my thoughts are many and jumbled and I’m re-examining the direction I want to take that will benefit you, in the best way possible. In particular was my theme article in March entitled Self Care. I feel it to be very important but I am overwhelmed with all I want to share and have written and rewritten thoughts without completing any.
Instead, this morning I woke up with the following that is just as important – even more so with all the recent events.
Paper Architect was built on the foundation and mission to Celebrate Your Individuality.
You carry with you, your own unique genetic imprint which often unconsciously guides you as well as your experiences in this lifetime, what you are taught, how you feel and think and what you believe. All of these factors combined make you, YOU!
No one else in the world is like you. No one.
And you are a part of this great big world/universe. So you are unique yet part of something bigger. Like a puzzle. The piece that represents you is shaped like no other piece yet parts of it do connect with other pieces needed to complete the puzzle. Every piece affects those around it and ultimately all the pieces, together revealing the whole picture, a beautiful image made up of each of us all interconnected.
Social structures organize us by categories to create order and rules so we all can, to some degree get along. Like schools have grade levels and standardized curriculums for how and what an individual learns. Government creates laws in theory to support and protect their citizens as we vote for leaders to represent these citizens.
This brings us to statistics that the government uses to establish laws. We are put into a box based on age, gender, heritage, education, economic status, religious preference, where we live, single, married, divorce, widow… These statistics make us a number, counted in their decision making, our individuality is lost.
We as individuals have a tendency when meeting someone new, form a first impression, a judgment regarding their physical features, how they dress, move, how they approach you, personality traits. Either there is something you connect with, find off-putting or cannot relate to them at all making no impression. It’s part of being human. How we choose to accept them as the individual they are is up to you.
Individuals form groups based on interests, beliefs. There are thousands of different types of groups. The idea is to get together with like-minded individuals to share views. Sounds good and it’s our way of connecting with each other.
But then there are those who choose to have the attitude of “us and them,” separating individuals into labels, statistics, ignoring the unique human beings that we are.
When I write this, I am doing that very thing in the previous paragraph, separating myself from others who cannot see the beauty within each of us. I have an opinion of that type of individual and chose not to be associated with their views. But yet, we are all in this together and as more of us chose to appreciate and allow our differences, the less conflict there will be with ‘us and them’ mentality.
This lockdown has been caused by a virus currently without a cure that affects our breathing, just as we as humans are sucking the resources out of the earth, it too is having trouble breathing. Throughout time, this planet has survived extreme conditions and adjusted accordingly while those living on the planet do not. It’s time we re-examine how we can work together by supporting each other. We (humans) take from the earth but must also give back. Have gratitude and respect for what we are given – air, water, food, energy, etc. As a world community of individuals we need to support and respect each other as well. To humanize this need, we are witnesses to George Floyd who was dehumanized, desperate for air, not being allowed to breathe. This is a time that reflects the core of life – air to breathe as a human being and Mother Earth. We are all in this together.
This Time Out we have been given is scary for those who are sick, have died or have lost someone to this virus. But in this world of duality, we also have an extremely rare opportunity to STOP and allow ourselves to access who we are, what we’re doing, how and why we choose to live going forward. We are given precious time to improve ourselves, how we relate to others and the world. In effect, we can make a difference as individuals and as a part of humanity – you have that power!
I see the masks as a symbol of unity – to support and protect ourselves and each other to keep us safe. It makes a statement: I care about you and me.
It also symbolizes our Stay At Home time as a time of transformation. At home, we learn new ways to live, work, and relate to one another within the home. We have time for self-reflection and we are changed as a result of this pandemic, like it or not. It takes less energy to embrace it then to reject it.
When we leave our homes we are asked to wear masks as a protection but I believe it’s much more than just a protection. I liken these masks as part of our transformation. The transformation starts from within but will be reflected outwardly when we emerge from our Stay At Home status and take off our masks. Then we will see each other with new eyes and it will be a time of celebration.
It’s like when there is an unveiling of a work of art, a new product, or the plain Jane becoming a princess. We don’t always see the thought, research, trial and error that occurs during its creation. All these come together in a transition of a step by step process behind the scenes (under the mask). We just see the finished product (external) not all that went into in (internal). The caterpillar covers itself in a cocoon as it transforms, emerging into a butterfly. That’s what the mask symbolizes for me.
When I’m out in public and see others with their mask on, it warms my heart and visually signifies that we are truly all in this together, whether we’re grocery shopping or a part of a protest.
This is an extraordinary moment in time for us to decide to move forward with love in our heart together or be controlled by fear and separate ourselves. It’s not possible to be afraid and feel love at the same time. Love conquers fear every time.
Celebrate who you are. When you love who you are, it extends to each of us.
Always celebrate your individuality!