The Cockeyed Optimist

I was talking to someone yesterday and they said that climate change had gone too far. “There is no way to repair the damage done and it’s not going to get any better,” was their feeling. “We can’t fix it. We are just going to have to ride it out.”

I thought a lot about what was said. I don’t like to think of just giving up and riding something out. What does that look like? The obvious is that the earth would go through some very severe times and we’d either make it or not.

This could be true, but I don’t like to think of things this way. I know there is a Infinite Power and Intelligence that is the very earth and is all of us. It is always working in our favor and everything is always moving to wholeness. Even if everything has to be torn down in the process, it will always rise again. Life is eternal and ever-evolving.

But, there is even more to it than this. As I thought about what was said, I related it to other parts of my life and other states in the world. I realized that when we feel that we have done all we can, and continue to do all that we can, that there is a time of surrender. It’s a time when we have to allow for the Power to go the rest of the way. In the world of the unseen aback of everything there is, as Ernest Holmes, founder of Science of Mind wrote, “…not just a power that shakes like a reed in the wind, but ALL POWER.” This is the Power on which we depend.

There is a song from South Pacific, the musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein. It takes place during World War II – a very dark place indeed. The major character sings,

I have heard people rant and rave and bellow
That we’re done and we might as well be dead,
But I’m only a cockeyed optimist
And I can’t get it into my head.

When something is going on in our individual life and we’ve done all that we can about it and perhaps feel frustrated that a solution isn’t coming, remember, there is the Power of Spirit ALL POWER, that always knows how to execute the perfect solution. It might not come as we think it will come, and it might seem like we are taking a thousand or more steps backward; but, even in going backward, we are moving forward. We have to be, because life is always falling forward and we are always evolving.

Love and Aloha,

Rev. Rita

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