Although I don’t think attending is a superpower, some days I wish it was. On those days, I think if one more person promises that he or she has the superpower to right all wrongs and save US from THEM, I daydream about sticking a pencil in my (or someone else’s) eye. On my better days, however, I choose to acknowledge that while I have no superpowers and am responsible TO the World – I’m not responsible FOR it. I’m responsible FOR my life and how I choose to live it.
To that end, I will attend to what and whom I can. And I’ll remember that I don’t have to attend every argument, drama or political whack-o-doodleness to which I’m invited. Each Sunday , I’ll share something here – an image, a poem, a song or maybe even a story that’s helped me attend to what I can that week.
To say there’s a lot of heavy stuff going on would be an understatement – local hurricane very-long-term recovery, regional fires, elections, addictions, deaths. I help where and when I can. And I’ll continue. AND sometimes, the best way for me to attend is to escape for a few moments.
My favorite escape/reminder movies is Shawshank Redemption . What’s yours?