For most of my life I was told I was too sensitive and I believed it.
Because of this there were years that I fooled myself and others into believing that I was the toughest person around and in some ways that is true.
I am great in a crisis. I am there when people need me and I have a task to perform.
It was other times, when I was watching the horrors of the world and there was nothing that I can do that I felt immobilized. Watching others not notice or care broke my heart.
I am seeing more and more sensitive people recently. People that care about the planet and other peoples’ suffering. People that aren’t so busy enjoying their own lives that they can reach out and share and offer a smile. A hug. Solidarity. Hope.
When I see this trait in others and can see the beauty in them then I can more easily see the beauty of myself. It has taken me a long time to understand and embrace my own sensitivity and not think I am weak, mentally ill or living in a fantasy world.
There are so many things going on right now that could totally overwhelm me. Elections. Climate change. Pipeline protests. War.
I am learning that the answer to this, like the answer to many things is love. Rather than be freaked out and overwhelmed at how our political system is, I love those that are fighting for change. Rather than feel helpless over the pipeline situation I am in awe of those that have the health and fortitude to stand up for so long against tremendous odds. War is still hard for me to contemplate.
Thank you, thank you to the sweet, gentle, sensitive souls in the world that are fighting the good fight.
Someone I know posted this song today and it seemed fitting for this topic so I am sharing it with you today.
Lyrics for In Dreams by Jai-Jagdeesh
Know you are loved
Rest in peace
Dream your sweet dreams
“Til your soul is released
My heart is yours
Go out and open doors
With your love
With your faith
With your compassion
With your grace
Oh, with your grace
You are the light of the world
Go out, spread light to the world
Be strong, be kind, be brave
Know your mind
know that you’re are divine
Know that it’s alright to be afraid