One day last week, I had a brief but powerful fantasy. I was living in a small log house deep in the woods a few miles from town. I sensed a strong community, a shared sense of responsibility for the welfare of all beings, two-legged and four-legged. The elderly country veterinarian valued my work, considered me a colleague, and was known to tell his clients, “I’ve done all I can do; it’s time to call Pam.” This fleeting, delicious image seemed to emerge from a long-ago era, a hundred years ago, I thought.

When the image lifted, reality set in. A hundred years ago, people were dying of all manner of illnesses we now have cures for. Women in this country had next to no rights; people of color in this country had no rights at all. Humans used the Earth’s natural resources just as we do today: as though they belonged to us, as though they were limitless.   More


4 Replies to “Priorities”

  1. Hi Pam,

    The world is indeed in need of great healing. My sense is that often people want to be part of that change and help with the healing, but they feel completely overwhelmed and don’t know where to start so they get stuck in paralysis. My response would be to start small with an issue that resonates at the heart and soul level and commit to making one small change or taking one small action. To paraphrase Mother Theresa, do small things with great love. The other step is to find or build a community where we can not only have some meaningful conversations about what needs to change but also work together to create those changes.

    Sending much healing and many blessings to the earth.

    1. Thank you, Sue. I agree that it is so easy to become overwhelmed, to cover our ears, to hide our heads. The grief can be all-consuming.

      Thank you for the reminder that we can all make small acts of change powered by love.

      I think the answers lie in loving, nourishing communities committed to existing as part of the spectacular web of life. Hard to imagine why anyone wouldn’t want that.

  2. Pam, as usual, a very thought-provoking and well-written post. Thank you for sharing such great information.