L E T T E R from Jac – Suffering Is Optional – The Broad Place
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L E T T E R from Jac – Suffering Is Optional

I do love this quote by Murakami. A man who also wakes at 4.30am every day and writes furiously until midday then runs and swims and takes the rest of the day off. If we embrace this idea fully, the shocks of the world right now are simply a reality and our suffering throughout it is optional. 

What about if we reframed the current global situation into utter gratitude for how incredible life has been to date, and will continue to be, although perhaps not in the exact same light it has been? What if it’s simple transformation afoot? The universe trying to tip the scales? Something I have been sincerely concerned about with global climate change is corporate travel. Now nearly all companies are grounding their staff with the coronavirus threat, and perhaps working out that they didn’t need to send people jetting all over the world for meetings a few times a week. Wouldn’t that be interesting? 

What if in the age of the selfie and let’s be frank, self indulgent frivolities that social media encourages, people instead began to look outside of themselves and leaned into a higher power for guidance. What if it became less about us, and more about others? What if the ego was shaken into a state of fear so deep that it broke through and allowed the heart to come forth? What if, instead of always looking into a mirror (or iphone) for the path forward, we began to seek guidance from our heart and intuition. What if we were shocked into helping our communities, and took care of the things that count like our health and our families and friends, and being a kind person? What if we began to tread a more spiritual path, and embraced concepts like gratitude and compassion truly, out of need? 

It might not be easy, but it’s certainty going to be interesting. 

Written with love,

Jac x

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