Overstory

Don't forget to change your clocks on Saturday evening. Also, check the batteries in your smoke detectors.

These days with war in Ukraine I've been reading articles from people who name the injustice, terrorism. inhumanity and effects of autocracy unchecked. I couldn't agree more.


But I also see this ongoing tragedy as an opportunity to reflect. While it's easy to think of the many examples in history when a corrupt leader has harmed a country, continent or more, I'm talking about reflecting on how we are all on this earth together. Fighting is not our default mode; the best of us is interdependence, connection and care.


What if the school books will one day teach less about the specter of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) than about Harmony And Positive People Younited (okay, it's a stretch).


As Elif Shafak writes, "The universe is one being. Everything and everyone is interconnected through an invisible web of stories. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all in a silent conversation."


Perhaps our conversation can take us beyond the seemingly toothless United Nations to a new common forum whereby national complaints and international disputes will be respected and resolved and upheld for the good of the entire planet? Naive, probably. But let's keep trying, thinking, dreaming of the story which is OVER all others: we are sisters and brothers with glorious differences of culture and cuisine, language and legacy.


Elaine Handley concludes her poem "Praise Song" with these powerful words:

We have our work: stitching passion
to another’s.
Witness how well we quilt ourselves
into something
useful
from singular
desolation.
We have tools: eyes to watch, hands
to soothe, our minds to fasten to
breath, our breath to words, to curse,
to praise our ragged world.