A: Yeah, I’ve noticed it, and I thought I was the morbid one. Actually, I’ve been noticing it for some years now, the overall trend of people checking out in strange ways, but my husband says it’s only because I’m getting older, and so is everyone else!
That aside, here’s what I think. For the past 5 years we’ve been undergoing an acceleration of our spiritual growth, and to do that, it requires some taxing to our physical systems (I got gut-punched by this energy some two years ago, and it took me almost a year to get back on-line). Especially older people just can’t take that extra load, so a lot of them are like, “Well, it was a good long run, but I’m done now.”
What I also know is that whoever’s alive right now is supposed to be here. This is, admittedly, not the easiest time to be on the planet, but there’s work to be done, and if you’re here, I know you’re doing your work (even if it’s just to stay afloat for a while until you get the strength and vision to do your Work).
People ask me, “But what about Bob? He left a wife and three young children. He would never have picked this,” and I agree ... on the conscious level. But I still maintain, and firmly believe, that the time of our death is pre-planned on some level, even if we don’t see it down here. Believing this really brings me a lot of peace. If it’s out of my hands, I won’t worry about it. And if I think it’s how it was supposed to be, I won’t be as sad when I lose others.
How in the world do we think we know what the purpose of anything is? How would we know what’s best in someone else’s life, or why stuff happens to them? We can barely figure out our own lives, much less someone else’s. So, we judge and make up stories and beliefs, based on our own fears.
If bad things just arbitrarily happen to others, then bad stuff can just “happen” to us, and that’s really scary to me. But if I believe that there’s some grander Design that I maybe don’t see, and that everything is happening in Perfect Timing and Order, and that I’m a part of all of that, then I can practice trusting a little more in what is unseen.
You get to a point where you just have to let it all go; otherwise, you’ll never let your children, friends or family out of your sight—something bad could happen to them (remember, freakish stuff is happening?). And you can’t live your life like that, so how about opening your fists a little and walking through your days with your palms open to the world?
How would it change your view of the world if you were to believe that everything that happens, happens for some reason, and you trust that? Now, it doesn’t mean that you don’t do anything about it if there’s something you need to do, but it means you have a certain peace about things in general (I’m seeing that you’re a mighty worrier).
You can be a mighty warrior, you know. You can walk confidently out into the world, not noticing everybody who’s dying, but noticing everybody and everything who’s alive (which includes even those who’ve passed on. I think they continue to live, just somewhere else), and falling in love with life down here.
There are so many beautiful things around! I just got back from Arizona and couldn’t keep my eyes off these little bright blue flowers that were growing everywhere. Every time I saw one I’d stop, bend down, and just look at it (okay, sometimes I’d talk to it, but that’s another story). I mentioned it to another person, and they had never noticed the flowers. I was shocked. How could you not notice them?
So maybe start looking for the beauty in your life. Focus on what’s good and present and all around you. Your friends, family, fuzzy cat, the beautiful blue sky and warm wind (I can’t wait for spring!), the smell of coffee in the morning.
Yes, I think there is a shake up going on, and I think it will continue, but I think it’s how it’s supposed to be, and probably how it’s always been, for that matter. Stuff happens, and not all trees grow to be big—some die as saplings, some get cut down, others live forever. The same is true for people.
So notice it if you must (I do), but don’t let it hamper you in your life. You’ve got a good many strong years ahead of you, so live them to the fullest and don’t worry about the rest of it. I think we’re all in good hands.
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