Much like the deconstruction of the home we are in the midst of redoing, our world is going through the same process of opening up and reconstruction. Room by room, we have exposed the house’s dirty little secrets and torn down cracked walls, taken up worn out, broken floors, ripped out old wiring and plumbing and reconfigured room arrangements.
The place is a dusty, dirty mess right now with tools and construction debris all over, but the new bones are starting to shine through. New walls are now up, new wiring and plumbing are installed, and all rooms are in the process of being painted and made pretty. It’s hard work, no lie. And several times over the last two months, all of us have felt overwhelmed and stressed, at times, feeling like it is never going to get finished.
Now replace this single home scenario with one starring an entire world. A world that is currently exposing lie after lie. The dirt and broken wiring and plumbing if you will, the ugly stuff that has been hidden behind the walls and floors and ceilings of our planetary home is being exposed. It can feel overwhelming and a heavy burden. Will we ever be able to fix it all? Will we ever get it done?
Saturday, when my lovely daughter was feeling teary and stressed about the house, I reminded her to take it one day at a time, one hour at a time, one room at a time, and one single project at a time. Stay here and now and stop looking so far ahead at everything you have to do, I told her. Progress comes in stages and is hard to see when you are in the middle of it all. And remember, you are not alone, you have lots of help. Eventually, we will be finished and it will be beautiful.
The same goes for our world. Step by step, we’ll get there. In the meantime, it’s a bit messy and chaotic as we tear down old structures and construct new ones. If we can stay in our own energies and work with our strengths and talents and interests, we will see progress. One person can’t tackle it all and isn’t expected to, it’s a group effort. Each person is expected to work on his/her own inner construction though, so this is where we must be diligent. Self growth translates into cultural growth. One step at a time, we will help each other create a loving, beautiful home to live in.