All Will be Well

Finding peace in the chaos

Ann Litts

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Photo by Alonso Reyes on Unsplash

So many Humans are afraid. The world seems to be literally on fire. Climate change, war, pandemic, death — we can easily recognize The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse. And yet, in the entire history of the planet — Life has always walked with famine, pestilence, war, and death. Why do we think our age is immune? Why do we think our age is suffering more than in ages past? Why do we believe this time, after all these centuries of enduring, that Humanity is doomed?

Remember that old adage — Things could be worse? Even just a glance through history will reveal that things could be and have been way worse. Humans like stability and comfort. We do not like transformation, change, or loss of power. But those are the cycles of Life. On a personal level, a community level, and a global level.

Life is not stagnant.

But to assume our age is The Worst simply because we are the ones living through it is the epitome of arrogance. Life is what it is. We think we can control it, we think we can fix it, we think we can prolong it — but we can’t.

Recognizing the stuff we have no control over is the first step to peace. The beautiful words of The Peace Prayer of St. Francis help us to find that path. The path between doing what we can, where we are, with what we have, and letting go of all the rest. The path to faith in something larger than ourselves and a belief that no matter what circumstances we face in our lives — we do not have to be afraid of living. Or of dying.

At times of deep hurt, fear, doubt, and pain — I take great comfort in the surrender. I have lived the words of Marianne Williamson more times than I can count in My Life.

“Something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: a humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor.”

How many times have our knees hit the floor? Why do we think there might come a day when our life becomes so bulletproof that we abandon this practice?

No — Life doesn’t work that way.

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