allowed myself a “Whine and Puhl* and Piss and Moan” day, including
watching two romantic movies with sad, unresolved endings. The day culminated by
going to bed without even saying goodnight to my partners and then sleeping 11
afraid to share this rather “less-than-the-perfect-example” many
spiritual leaders might not if it serves a purpose. It amazes me when leaders
of all kinds are afraid to admit they, too, might be scared, have some major
issues that bother them, don’t have an answer to make everything better, or make
up some cockamamie response delivered in with a condescending, patronizing
WE ARE ALL
HUMAN! This should NOT be a newsflash. Americans and people in many first world
nations are living through quarantines, isolation, and empty shelves at the
market for the very first time. Our bodies are reacting exactly as they are
supposed to do. In other words, you and I are having a natural reaction to an
unnatural event, an event that is likely not to resolve itself next week.
trying times, even for those of us who have a regular spiritual practice and
are normally the stabilizing factor in many difficult situations. If someone
around you is down be as kind and supportive as you can. You don’t have their
answers and you’re not supposed to. There are only five, simple words we can
use to support one another now and in the future: How can I support you.” If you need help
yourself, reach out to those you love and trust.
with yourself and all those around you. You are loved!
*Puhl: to take complaining and worry to an art level deserving of an Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and various other awards; see: kvetch.