I wonder if we’ve ever had a global shakedown before. Certainly there are hot spots around the world where shakedown happens regularly but I don’t think we’ve ever had a time (certainly not in my lifetime) where everyone is experiencing a shakedown at the same time. You probably know from having experienced transition in your own life, that the way things reform is by first breaking down and breaking apart. This allows them to reconfigure. I’m told this is what happens in the caterpillar to butterfly metamorphosis. The caterpillar breaks down to just a few cells, a “caterpillar soup” if you will, that then reform to the beautiful creature we recognize as butterfly. I don’t think it is an accident that butterflies are gorgeous, light, and spend their days visiting flowers. It gives us hope for our own post-transition future.
If the world is shaking apart, it makes sense we feel like we’re coming apart at the seams.
There are two tried and true places to find stability.
…but there’s going to be some dismantling first. I’ve seen this time of upheaval coming for a while but I’m surprised at how quickly it’s picking up intensity–like loosing a small snowball at the top of a hill and watching it gain girth and speed as it descends. This transition has some momentum now.
I’m writing to you about this because I don’t want you to be surprised. I want you to understand that transitions are a normal process to life. This one just happens to be really intense because it involves the entire world and all the systems in it. Things will piece (peace?) back together when the shaking stops, but because it is on such a large scale, it will probably take a while. In the meantime, those of us with our wits about us (the unsurprised) will be called to help those who don’t understand (the surprised).