So far, we’ve named each of issue of Live Into Beauty months in advance. And at the time of this publication, I am tempted to end the issue’s name with a question mark. See, it looks much more ominus that way: A Thrill of HOPE?
The United States we live in today feels vastly different from the United States of our first issue, Belonging. There seemed to be more joy, then, more time for rest, abundant possibilities and the chance for creating belonging. And now, as I think about my values, I know that at this juncture, we need one thing more than ever . . . Hope.
Tonight, I looked up the word “thrill,” and this alternate definition caught me off guard: “A vibration accompanying a cardiac or vascular murmur that can be palpated.” Really? A throbbing vibration. You can feel it, can’t you? This country—no matter what side you are on—has some deep, buzzing energy that is murmuring, moving, breathing.
We’ve captured some of that vibration here—in how an incredible devastation can turn into a healing love, how a relationship without nourishment can turn out to be wholly nourishing, how a rightly-claimed body can boldly walk the Earth and how a forgotten list can turn into an unintentional love letter.
There is more to life than politics. And there must be a place where we can meet each other and salvage ourselves. Civility and hope do not mean the important issues should be neglected, but that our common goals be examined from more nuanced angles.
Mandate the change you want to see in the world, by first moving out into the world and seeing how you can be of service.
How can you practice hope in your community?
Pick one issue this year to move toward and focus on. Do you want to care for women who need health care? Then volunteer to journey with women in your community. Do you want to protect the rights of the unborn? Then find a constructive and peaceful way to make lasting, positive change for mothers in a terrible position. Do you want to protect the environment? Then find a trail to clean or birds to count or phone calls to make to your local preserve. Do you want rights for all humans? Then find a way to be a safe place for the marginalized in your community. Focusing on one issue at a time will help you make sane, lasting, peaceful change in your community.
What deep buzzing, what primordial hum do you feel?
What is it telling you? Ask yourself.
Then do that.
Mary Arteche, Founder & Editor-
Mary Arteche and her family live a small life in a vibrant way in Sky Valley, California. For her day job, she homeschools her kiddos and is a nanny to her niece. For her side gig, she’s a website designing, marketing consulting, art directing ninja. She’s passionate about the outdoors and making life an adventure. She loves printmaking, hiking, photography and finding the best cup of coffee. She just completed the Yosemite Half Marathon. Really.
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