When I was in fifth grade, there was a scare about nuclear bombs. Was it the Cuban Missile Crisis? I can’t remember for sure, but I’ll never forget us kids practicing getting on our knees and covering our heads under our desks. I was kind of scared, but I didn’t know of what. The teacher did and I’m sure she also knew that if a nuclear bomb made it to California, being under our desks wasn’t going to matter. Isn’t it weird to think of nuclear bombs–total manmade annihilation? It’s hard to believe the U.S. dropped them on two Japanese cities. It’s the kind of thing you can’t imagine–don’t want to let the pictures in. I wonder now what those blasts felt like to Mother Earth.
My brother has been predicting for years that earthquakes, floods, volcanoes and the like were coming and that many of us would have our lives ended rather abruptly. Or changed—one volcano stopped everything in Europe for almost a week. All this earth-activity does make you wonder, doesn’t it? Are we in trouble? Are these the end times? Will I die under a pile of rubble, or will my children, my mom or my brothers? Will it be you and yours? (Maybe we shouldn’t take ‘life as usual’ for granted anymore.)
I guess none of us really knows, but it does seem a good time to focus on what is important. Love is important and saying, ‘I love you’ is, too. Making amends is important and forgiving is second only to love. ‘As ye forgive, ye are forgiven.’ Touching bases is good: ‘How are you doing? Can I help in any way?’ Giving thanks for what we do have is a very good thing. While work is important—just ask anyone who is unemployed—we can’t take it, or our assets, with us. We do take our love and hate connections, though.
If you sensed you would die tomorrow (your body, I mean) who would you want to be with today? Is there anything you would change if you could? Can you see the perfection in your imperfections? What difference do you make in the world? How’s your relationship with the Force, as in, “May the Force be with you?” It appears it’s time for all of us to prepare a bit.