I haven't done much that is blog worthy lately. Mostly just maintenance chores to take advantage of the beautiful late season weather we are having.
I've been painting and staining outside. Of course I have the floor of the deck done, but now I am working on the rails and the stairs.
My housework has been piling up on me. But I am tired of housework. I am tired of cooking. I am really tired of doing laundry. And the chore I hate the most is cleaning the bathrooms.
But these are minuscule concerns compared to what is going on around me in the world. When I am spending my days painting, I have lots of time to think. But I really don't know what to think about the state of this world.
What is going on?
It's a helpless feeling.
Maybe I have been watching too much television news.
Maybe I am reading too many newspapers.
I just don't understand how we can kill each other in the name of religion. What religion condones war? What religion condones hatred? What religion condones persecution and killing?
I don't get it.
Our brave young soldiers are putting themselves in harm's way to fight for freedom in this world.
But freedom is a concept not readily embraced.
Sometimes....some things are a lost cause.
We can't fight someone else's battles.
That is true in all aspects of life.
You can't control anyone but yourself.
That is where the power lies.
It all begins right there.
You have the power to make the choices each and every day.
All acts ripple outwards, originating with you.
Peace and Love?
Or Anger and Hatred?
You can send turbulence out into the world, with angry and self important reactions.
Or you can choose a life of peace and serenity, with love and understanding.
Refusing to add to the misery.
It all ripples outward like a pebble thrown in a quiet pond.
Every single day we have a choice.
The hope of the world begins with each of us and the choices we make.
One small act of love and kindness can ripple outwards and expand upon itself.
Therein lies the power.