"Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world..."
(John Lennon, 1971)
Does the rising cost of gas and other supplies alarm you? Are you bothered by supply and demand shortages? Were you unable to buy your favorite brand of pasta, or was the grocery store out of fresh broccoli?
Whilst contemplating the so-called inconvenience these incidents might have on our lives, it is a good time to take stock, to become mindfully aware of how fortunate we, who live above the bread line, are. We still have our homes, our livelihoods, our families, our lives. What we are calling hardships are unimaginable luxuries to people facing life-threatening situations, highlighted by the war in Ukraine. The insignificant impacts we are noticing are the spiraling, indirect effects of a war in another part of the globe, spreading to us like concentric rings from an earthquake far away.
War has far reaching and unforeseen, sometimes unrecognized, effects. Like earthquake tremors that travel far from the epicenter, the effects of war travel beyond country boundaries. For those of us far from Ukraine, rising costs and scarcities are the natural aftershocks of their pain, suffering and deprivation. Everyone pays a price - some more dearly than others. I choose to weather financial and choice inconveniences with grace, as a mark of respect to my fellow suffering humans.
Everyone pays a price for war - we are after all, on the same singular planet. Let's stand together, make sacrifices, work together, and not let this evil threaten our humanity.
Our costs are not life-threatening. Bear them with grace.
Call me naïve, or a dreamer, but l like to
I M A G I N E
"the world ... as one"