Where are your feet? Sure, if you're blessed with them, they're at the bottom of your legs... but that is not what I mean!
I do mean, this is December of 2012! Our precious blue Planet is in serious danger! Wars, climate change, economic struggles for the many (while the few thrive), the continued oppression of women, hungry children, marginalized youth, wildly conservative religious groups, fanatics everywhere, justifications and random acts of violence everywhere, sex slavery, and -- well, you get the point, don't you? The world NEEDS your attention -- right now! So, where are your feet?
Are you ready to get them off the "brakes" of your life?
Are you finally ready to do something -- to live great? Are you just about out of excuses and justifications for postponing your commitment? The world NEEDS your attention -- right now! So, where are your feet?
The answer that I am looking for -- the answer the world needs -- is AT LEAST THIS: "I am ready to look for the accelerator! I am ready to seriously consider the possibility that my life could be one of extraordinary meaning and passion! I am ready to shift my consciousness away from my agenda and look instead to my total transformation! I am ready to explore new ways of relationships, of communities, of work, of economics, of politics, of culture, of safety, of religions, of diet, and of every aspect of my life: to end the divide between thought, word, and deed: to begin to truly think great, speak kind, and act just! I am ready to become one of the greatest Lovers and Activists this world has ever known!"
This question, "Where are your feet?", is one of the most important that could be asked of you. I mean, you're on facebook, right? Like you, I love facebook and all the opportunities to peek into the "windows" of so many lives... but have you noticed how most of the postings are about lunch and cats? Well, maybe that isn't exactly true, but seriously, this world is in desperate need of EVERY FOOT on the accelerator! If change is going to come, every life needs to activate a passion for possibilities, for exploration and discovery, for networking and sharing, and for organizing and claiming the future we want for the children of all the Earth!
This is a sacred moment: it will not get any holier anywhere down the line. This is it. You've got to choose. You've got to commit. With your foot on the accelerator of your life, have dinner with your best friends, and talk about how you can band together to feed the hungry of your community, to make art with children, to start a bicycle taxi service, to buy a little farm, to gather to meditate together, to rejoice together in family, to demonstrate together, to start an alternative work co-op, to start a newspaper, to open a free art gallery, to hold a big-tent local music festival, to start a radical radio station... every idea that you share for dessert will generate "whole pies" of newer and perhaps better ideas... finally you will decide: you will activate your compassion! You will band together, form a tribe, or start a catholic worker house. You will begin to make deep connections with others -- but most of all, with every aspect of your life! You will come to realize both your potential and your power: amplified by the collective potential and power of your group! You will then be among the 1% that really matters: you won't have much money like the 1% 'ers on the other end of the economic-power scale: but you will, in truth, be among those incredibly beautiful and precious lives who are giving birth to a new future and a new humanity!
Now that you are ready: read "Birth 2012 And Beyond" by Barbara Marx Hubbard. Go to www.birth2012.com and press your foot to the accelerator!
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.