“What is TCT?” you ask. Clearly, it’s an acronym, not a word, at least not a word in any language I know. You won’t find it in the urban dictionary – the place I love to search for strange acronyms and inexplicable word usage. Yeah, I think I made this one up. It stands for “These Challenging Times.” Nope, I don’t expect it to go viral, but it made for a better title than if I wrote it all out. 😉
Anyhow. I ran across this quote and wanted to share it.
“Breathing involves a continual oscillation between exhaling and inhaling, offering ourselves to the world at one moment and drawing the world into ourselves at the next… — David Abram, Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology
I feel like I’ve drawn back from the world in TCT. I have offered very little, and, in some ways, I’ve limited what I’m allowing in. (Does that mean I’m breathing very shallowly? Good grief, I should move away from this whole breathing analogy…)
If we’re … seeing things in the world that make us feel sorrowful, then we need time to think about this. We need time to think about what we might do and where we might start to change things. We need time to develop clarity and courage. If we want our world to be different, our first act needs to be reclaiming time to think. Nothing will change for the better until we do that. ~~ Margaret Wheatley
So at some point, I will need to step out – out of my withdrawal, out of my inertia. I will need to offer something. Not here, but out there, in my vanilla life, you know? Maybe tomorrow. Wish me luck. 💜💜