Are we growing towards goodness? This is a question we can ask every day until it becomes habitual, a well known metric we can use to judge our lifestyle and daily actions by. Our growth is measured in the respect and kindness we give or withhold; the way we treat others; how carefully we tend to our moments and days; the ways we numb ourselves or awaken to the full richness of living; our ability (or inability) to expand and include others instead of tightening into closed circles of indifference and self-protection. The choices we make are the difference between steadily growing towards the light or slowly stunting our capacity for goodness.
We can take refuge in goodness – not just when things are falling apart and scary so we fall on our knees ready for grace – but in the average moments that are so often rushed through. Instead of gapping out after a long day, spending hours scrolling through pretty pictures or endless status updates, we can stop and ask if our consumption of stories is serving anyone or helping us grow towards goodness. Eventually we need to examine whether scrolling past another body on our screens is any different than stepping over a body in the street.
We can use our screens to reach out for a real warm connection or work with others to create meaningful solutions in real time; we can engage in our days with presence noting the grand unfurling of life whether it is the swirling chaotic motion of the city or the gentle rhythm of our home; choose to go digging in the dirt with our bare hands – grow something, anything tenderly and with pride. Real refuge is where we can fill up goodness, remember everything that is going right, connect with the limitless possibilities unfolding around us, and steadily grow towards the light.
Where do you find refuge in goodness?
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