“Still life has some possibility left”

Tree ULB
: Brussels, 1 June 2020

There is so much ugliness in this world. People are murdered, suffocated to death because of the color of their skin. Bombs are falling on the most impoverished as the few rich and powerful make more money. Children are starved to death as their parents helplessly watch them turn into bones.

In this kind of world, it’s easy to give up.

It’s easy to say that nothing can change.

But we must fight back.

We can do that by noticing the good things happening around us. The level of solidarity between people fighting for justice. Their generosity of time, money, and energy. The simple act of smiling. The kindness that still exists. These actions aren’t minute, they should be celebrated. Of course, It’s difficult to pay attention to them when our energy is depleted. When we’re understandably sad about the state of this world.

The way I try to regain that energy is by connecting with nature. Trees teach me that life is greater than what I see. That living beings carry the oxygen we need to continue the struggle and to simultaneously breathe in joy even in the midst of great sorrow.

“We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left.” – Mary Oliver, Don’t Hesitate

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