Change arrived in the Arena. Our citizenry has awakened to the actual conditions of our society. America – – the land of the free, home of the brave – – is not so free for everyone or as courageous as we once thought. In 2020, people became fed up and despondent with the constant barrage of political shenanigans from our government and their attempts to maneuver within a pandemic along with its varied constraints. Even the constant bellowing from the mainstream media filling our heads with the latest political controversy and COVID-19 updates took an undeniable toll. America’s chickens came home to roost for the world to openly see indeed. While many still chose to rationalize, gaslight, or even mislead as facts and trUth were “unveiled”, those pesky bits of irrefutable evidence remained unwavering being too powerful to dismiss. We had to face “US” – – sometimes reluctantly – – as the wheels of change started to squeak forward.
Change arrived in the Arena. It happened second by second as the new wave of institutions, powerful individuals and societal dynamics and facades collapsed with the resulting energy cascading into our collective consciousness. This may be an over simplification for what occurred but there can be no doubt about the impact of this transformative knowledge on individuals – – for the better or worse. How we choose to process events will be left up to personal interpretation as your authentic self assigns meaning appropriate for you. Yet, any man or woman in the current ARENA – – fighting to evolve with a desire to make this world better should be acknowledged for the effort. Materialism, self hatred, guilt, shame and any of the “ism” can only stall change from happening. What will we embrace – – individually and as society? All I know for certain is that the changes taking place must not be external only since it appears that the soul of this country needs some radical healing in order for “US” to live together peacefully and in harmony.
The Man in the Arena: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”Theodore Roosevelt – – 26th President of the United States, Statesman, Conservationist, Naturalist, Historian and Writer
Change arrived in the Arena. Over the last two months, I have intentionally withheld publishing new posts while mentally detoxing and processing the changes emerging in my own life. Whatever happens going forward has altered my perspective in a lot of areas and perhaps the collective as well. Is it entirely for the better or will we continue falling into the bottomless abyss started in 2020? My hope is that we see some improvement beyond selfish interest, greed and individualism towards the common interest of humankind in general. This desire for a better world led me to ponder the underlying triggers for real change. It is really easy to use the word but much more difficult to complete a measurable degree of transformation. This kind of radical change is not superficial but goes to the root of the matter. It can happen incrementally or abruptly after severe angst and pain with set backs. Change can occur via profound enlightenment as well. As the process grinds forward, no one quite knows what the end result will be but occasionally we can get a vision and glimpse of possibilities for a future yet to be realized.
The sound of change is here! It may seem unbelievable or even abstract but there are real shifts taking place. Yet, we must all remain cautiously optimistic as change happens. Is our democracy still in a crisis? Can we, individually and as a collective, control events enough to direct the eventuality of outcomes? Will we be able to coexist as one humanity? Can our vision for America be BIG enough to embrace diversity and substance over superficiality? My musings should come as no surprise to those who have really known me or followed my blogging journey. Judge if you must but understand we will not always agree or be on the same frequency. But, we are all in the ARENA together – – co-creating hopefully for a better tomorrow. My tribe will fully understand this sentiment. Final thought …. Some have suggested that the “antidote” is always present in the “poison“ as well! Now wouldn’t that be some unbelievable ish or lucky coincidence if the cure to our deep problems resided in some ancient and sacred ideals still resonating within the borders of this great experiment called the United States of America?