When you have faith your eyes are bright, your steps are confident. This is power….
This power will not destroy you, or the people around you. In fact it gives strength and energy other people can feel.
Attributed to Tich Nhat Hanh
when we walk through times of trial
we seek to be strong
we thirst for safety
we long for control
we want to be able to do something
anything at all
to make things better
we want power
yet what does power look like
when we are combatting a virus
or when evil perches in the highest places?
does it look like military gear and guns
marching down the street
does it look like cardboard signs
waved in the public square?
are we exercising power
when we choose not defy authority in the name of freedom
and refuse to wear mask?
does power look like people crowding a bar in Wisconsin
or a beach in Florida?
that real power is a matter of the heart
that it is the natural consequence of being people
who have journeyed inward
to the deepest places
and found that sacred place where love dwells
and having discovered
that they are permeated by the divine, say to themselves
“Hey, I’m pretty special! I am a child of God!”
Power comes when we become intimate with the God within
and with our true self
and take that intimacy into our day
and live it
there is peace here
this is a power that embraces rather than batters
a power that includes rather than excludes
it is a power that sees beyond the self, rather than a power focused on self
true power does not intimidate
and does not demean
it does not bully
it lifts up
it makes us better, not worse
this is a power that wears a mask, rather than carries a gun
it is a power that passes from us to others as love
not a power that passes from us to others as fear
more power to you