Re: bad days, stormy weather, and beautiful sunsets (not entirely OT)
Posted by Anne Beltestad on July 19, 2002 at 13:22:56:
In reply to: Re: bad days, stormy weather, and beautiful sunsets (not entirely OT) posted by Kenzi on July 19, 2002 at 01:26:30:Thanks.
I think sometimes we get freaked out if we think of henna as a job.
Realizing that we are dispensing peace and wisdom (on the good days at
least) and that while we can't take on all the world's problems, we
are trying to fix it in some small ways, helps put it in perspective
for me at least.
Also picking and choosing...just as I have to pick and choose who I
give my time and energy to, I think we have to pick and choose with
henna. Last weekend's flea market was definitely casting pearls
before swine, so we need to go where the pearl hunters are and stay
out of the pigsty!
Take the sorrowful lessons we have learned and turn them into healing,
while remembering our first duty is to ourself.
: I couldn't agree with you more Anne. While NYC is still shell
: shocked and going through post-traumatic stress stuff, we also see
: what is going on in the rest of the world and can now understand what
: terror is like, and that empathy creates more pain and stress in us.
: Plus, we are getting constant reminders of 9/11 in news reports,
: trials, ceremonies for the end of recovery, the closing of a
: landfill, the unveiling of the proposals for the World Trade Center
: site etc. These reminders bring back unpleasant memories and then we
: have 9/11/02 looming in the near future.
: NYC has transformed into a somewhat kinder and gentler city (still
: not very kidn and gentle compared with the rest of the country!) but
: still we have to deal with huge budget cutbacks, more homelessness,
: higher unemployment rates that anywhere in the country etc.
: So where does henna fit into all of that? I guess we are like that
: kind herbalist, dispensing beauty and tenderness onto the people of
: our burg. We are helping people pamper themselves, adding beauty to
: the world and maybe increasing people's understanding of a cultural
: tradition that is foreign to us. I have always liked that role that
: henna plays and it is one of my main motivations.
: The money to support all of this will come (we have had some dud
: events here lately!) and especially if we keep in mind WHY we are
: doing this. I think your post is a potent reminder for me to
: remember the WHY.
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