Be A Rainmaker
| Todd Cole
If you feel the world has gone a little crazy, you’re not alone. Last year was insane; out of control. Fires ravaged our nation as a consequence of climate change while our leader holidayed on a beach and drafted laws about religious discrimination. A narcissist with no filter or humility governed the world’s largest nuclear power like a capricious six-year-old on a sugar high. It was hard to distinguish #fakenews from real reporting.
To me, it feels as if humanity has become self-deluded and blind to the very nature of what the truth is; as if we’re all in a car arguing while hurtling towards a canyon with no brakes.
Indeed at times like this it’s easy to feel powerless but at the same time overwhelmed with a frantic energy. Put simply, anxious.
There is an antidote: look inward, relax, rejuvenate. Take time for you; slow down. Rest. There is much in this issue about how to do exactly that.
And if you think this translates to avoiding the big issues we face as a species and nation, you’d be mistaken. I read an essay years ago, possibly apocryphal, about how native American Indian rainmakers made rain. When called to a tribe to bring rain they would enter a teepee and sit for days on end. Eventually when the rain came, they would emerge. When asked how they did it; how they made it rain, they would explain that they didn’t make it rain; they said they sat until they made themselves whole, complete and right. When that happened, the rain came of its own accord.