By Dr. T
There are times in our lives that deserve to be marked and remembered. Sometimes those moments are great and wonderful causing boundless jubilation and celebration, and then there are those moments that cause us unspeakable pain and grief. Wherever the moment falls in the continuum of our life, it will always be a moment etched in our memory and as such it needs to be marked by a symbol of its effect and impact on the lives that we now live. These are monumental moments and they actually shape us and make us the persons that we are and have tremendous efficacy on the persons that we hope to become. Within the confluence of the holiday season, the end of the calendar year and the Hope, whether genuine or manufactured, of the coming New Year, there is so much for us to reflect upon on so many levels. For as those who celebrate Christmas prepare to do so, and the year 2016 comes to an inauspicious ending in a country clearly divided socially, politically and culturally, these are indeed monumental moments.
We do not have peace on earth; many do not even have peace within their own household or immediate family unit. As we look out to the world, we must face many a tragic moment in time. We have a humanitarian crisis of genocidal proportion in Aleppo, Syria. The environmental crisis in North Dakota as the Indigenous People and their allies from around the nation join to STOP an oil pipeline, that could potentially poison the water supply and desecrate sacred burial grounds, from being pushed through by greed and a culture of entitlement that is so prevalent in our society today. The 4th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre where 20 five- and six-year- old children, and 6 adult educators were senselessly and mercilessly slaughtered by a young man with an assault weapon who had enough ammunition for the battlefield of war. Four years have passed and STILL we have no sensible gun control legislation forthcoming. We are re-traumatized by the lack of justice by means of a hung jury in the murder of another Black man and, again, by the audacity of an avowed white supremacist to stand in front of victims, survivors and their community and spew his hatred and vitriol once again, as he justifies why he massacred 9 people in a church prayer meeting simply because they were Black. These are monumental moments.
Where do we go from here? What do we do? It is not an option to simply do nothing. And yet, we can easily become overwhelmed by either the enormity of what we have endured or what we have to face in the near future. Faith is a powerful and potent force and yet, without action even faith becomes an empty platitude. It then becomes essential that we honestly look at where we are right now, and assess what factors contributed to bringing us here. Could we have done anything to mitigate the circumstances in which we now find ourselves? –Anything at all? We then need to mark the spot as a monumental moment and then strategically plan, create a series of steps to climb out, move forward or revisit (yes sometimes a re-do is possible) so that we can implement positive CHANGE. It must be acknowledged that not ALL change is good. Unfortunately, sometimes we must live through the discomfort of the circumstances we have brought upon ourselves before we recognize that fact. When that day comes…and it will, that will be a monumental moment indeed.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you and let’s keep it moving!