How will you bring to life your remembrance?
by Fe Robinson
Remembrance Sunday was a powerfully moving occasion for me this year, and not only because of the deep respect I have for the men, women, children and animals who lose their lives in war and its aftermath. My experience of commemorating them in my local community this year was especially instructive.
I took some young children to our village war memorial and we joined in with the service. I was astonished to look down and notice one child, too young to understand what was happening or being marked, was in tears. I asked what was up, and the response I got was 'Sometimes people get sad. Sometimes they cry. Can I have a cuddle?'
This brought home to me the contagious nature of emotion. We can feel it around us. We are energy as well as matter, and as such we are deeply connected with our surroundings and with each other.
That young child did not need explanations or context to be able to feel deeply what was being experienced by the community. They were able to make sense of it in their own way, and to find meaning in it. It affected them, something was learned.
Any time you are with other people, you are impacting each other. This is the nature of human connection. What you do and say matters, but so does what you think and feel. You have an impact, you change things, just by being you. I can't think of a better reason for taking good care of yourself and being at your best. I can't think of a more powerful motivation to do right by yourself, other people, and the world at large.
Gandhi told us 'be the change you want to see in the world.' This remembrance week that seems a pressing and important call to action. What do you want to embody and bring into being?