Seattle Mindpebble #2, in case you’d like to ponder and rub with me.
During my short stay I was surprised by so many things. The city is so large and edgy: Not only the buildings and the spread of the city but how everything seems scallop-edged against the water, and on the verge of something other than what you notice.
As I walked out of my beautiful hotel, I was struck by the amount of seemingly homeless people everywhere. People slumped with cans in paperbags, against the buildings. I could be wrong, as it was a visual judgment I made but I could sense that below the bubbly jovial flow of tourists ran an undercurrent of human suffering. I did not see tourists acknowledge or even notice these other people who literally were sleeping on the pavement in the early morning. People stepped around them.
I had only one woman ask me outright for money. She was deaf and with the little ASL I know I communicated with her. She was soaking wet and hungry, and had no money. Of course I gave to her as she gestured towards a fast-food chain.
It disturbed me to watch all of us humans and notice who people chose to make eye contact with, and who were completely ignored. It troubled me a lot. I know there are people in crisis everywhere in our country but my taking a few minutes of intentional presence to watch how we humans are with each other both troubled and inspired me. Troubled because it should! Inspired because it made me recognize that I need to become more observant and seek out ways to bless others some how.
This was the first photo I shot one morning: An abandoned handwritten sign that said “Homeless and disabled. Need money for bus.”
(When I took this photo I did not know that the end of this day would gift me great relief and grace for the hungry around my hotel. Pssttt…. will tell you more about this miracle in a coming pebble post.)
I was blessed to travel to Seattle last week for my new work with Guardian ad Litem, an important program across NC and the entire country training volunteers to be advocates for children in foster care.
Like pebbles, my mind keeps tumbling and rubbing thoughts and memories around the whole trip, which truly was incredible. Thought it might be fun to share a few of my polished stones with you.
I saw a man walking with a giant sign that read “I am Muslim, ask me anything.”
Despite my love of photographing everything that moves me, the man’s presence, conviction and intention for deeper connection with strangers consumed me. I didn’t lift my camera. As he walked by me, I thanked him.
Thinking and feeling today. About the fact there are over 7.4 billion of us humans on earth. I just spent a few minutes watching this world population clock go up and down, and up up up up and then down and up.
It’s fascinating. Think about all of us humans here on earth! People dying. People being born. More people being born, dying.
I do not believe there are too many people on earth. On the contrary.
In the history of earth, there has never been so many of us until this very now, this very second!
What would happen if we could see ourselves as the greatest resource on earth? Not in a self-centered egocentric type of way but in a connected-to-everything-kind of way. What would happen If we could feel our full power and recognize…. REALIZE our full human potential?!
We humans–like an intelligent mound of giant ants–are the greatest possible resource to heal our earth and humanity’s suffering!
It does not feel good to me to deny our presence or to believe that humans are the weakest link in our evolution. Yes! To-date we have been the most destructive. And yet we have also been the most creative.
It is our creativity that will save us from ourselves. Creativity combined with our hearts’ abilities to love deeply and to feel pain will save us from ourselves.
We humans have the greatest potential of all… Yet untapped.
Now is the perfect time for us to EVOLVE and love the heaven and hell out of each other and this place, our home.
(I 💕remembering that the word LOVE is nestled backwards inside evolve, reminding me to look in the mirror and find unconditional love inside myself first, before expecting to see it or project it outside of me. I have work to do.)
I love Y’all!
p.s. gift yourself 3 glorious minutes to take in this beautiful film and message from Katie Teague Photography
love is everywhere (photo of tiny heart we found concrete path outside my son’s school)
“The Great Work of our time is to carry out the transition from the current period where humans are a destructive presence on the Earth, to one where the human presence is mutually beneficial to the planet and the entire community of life—a mutually enhancing human/earth relationship. To do this we need to undergo, at both an individual and collective level, a fundamental transformation – a virtual reinvention of what we consider the role of human beings to be. ” ~Thomas Berry