I've been having so many conversations lately and the common theme seems to be an awareness of just how much everything - everything - seems to be in flux right now. ALL STRUCTURES ARE UNSTABLE, the warning sign reads.
Yes. We are going through a transition of a massive order. Sometimes it looks like things will get worse before they get better, and sometimes it's hard to imagine what better even looks like.
Former Senator Fred Thompson recently wrote in his memoir that this is the first generation that can't take for granted that our kids won't have better lives than we did, but I don't buy that. I think future generations have a chance at lives that are much richer, more meaningful, more connected and joyful, more rooted in abundance than scarcity, in wholeness rather than separation. Sometimes we have glimpses and experiences of what that sort of life that looks and feels like.
This morning I asked a clear-headed friend of mine, What we do when we know something is emerging, but we don't know exactly what it looks like, or how we're going to get there, or what role we will play? We don't retreat, he said. We stay present. We hold the quality and substance of what we seek while getting comfortable with the idea that we can't control how it unfolds. It's not passive. We accept the tension.