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Hope in the Dark

“Inside the word "emergency" is "emerge"; from an emergency new things come forth. The old certainties are crumbling fast, but danger and possibility are sisters.”

― Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark

What is possible when we shed the skin of our old stories about "the way it is?”

Perhaps we have the willingness to share?

My Guide: Regzin Padum

I have had the good fortune of traveling to remote places in the Himalayas of Northern India several times. Each trip was alone, each was a pilgrimage. I traveled with others along the way, participated in a trip guided by my dear friend Nevada Wier,, engaged in volunteer projects, and trekked for days with a kind, brilliant guide, Regzin Padum.

Each time I experienced what to me were profound insights about being just a drop in the ocean of humanity and was humbled by his brilliance and generosity. He speaks 6 languages, has a degree in technology from South India, came home to take care of his parents in one of the harshest environments on the planet (frozen 8 months a year) and leads wanna-be mountaineers to the top of 21,000’ peaks.

As I trekked day after day in silence, I felt myself shedding the skin of my old ways of thinking and being. I returned home deeply changed. I couldn’t see things the same way. Our abundance and choices became overwhelming. I remember after one trip, my husband picked me up at the airport and stopped at the grocery store on the way home. I stood in front of 20 different kinds of peanut butter and told him, “I can’t do this, I’m going to the car.” It was overwhelming. It still is.

I wonder, in this crisis, if we have the psychological willingness to share?

If we believe that sharing means” I end up with less”, we are in trouble.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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