No Place to Hide
It’s a stormy, Autumn day. The wind is coming in the from the West, whipping sheets of rain past my window. Unusually, I can’t see the Minquiers, a group of islands and rocks about 15 km south of Jersey, where I live. I can barely make out the sea for the low cloud. There are loads of whitecaps. The BBC weather report talks about big seas and dangerous tides in the English Channel. The waves are pummeling our beaches. My cats are tucked up on their favorite chairs. There is no desire to play outside today.
Stormy weather. On a grander perspective I am curious as to when the storms of 2020 will end for us all? The world is indeed on a steep trajectory of changes this year.
And I’m not just talking pandemic here. I grow weary of such conversations. The politicians have turned a health issue into a political one replete with agendas. The desire for power above our health and the wellbeing of the planet saddens me.
Yet I know there will be many a lesson learned here. I have no doubt that the consciousness of the planet is rising. Fundamental change never begins at the top. #grassroots
The youth vote in the USA are headed to the poles in record numbers.
The Greta Thunberg’s of the world will no longer be silenced. Fires are still burning in California and Colorado. We’ve experienced the second most active Atlantic hurricane season in history. Mother Nature is speaking loudly and clearly.
The number of women who have come forward as a result of the #MeToo Movement has been amazing and as a #MeToo woman, I am so proud of the result.
2020 has become a year of protests.
- Black Lives Matter.
- Hong Kong yearning not to be absorbed by the giant Pacman that is China.
- Anti-lockdown protests are springing up like weeds – Berlin, Prague, in Italy, from Milan and Turin to Rome and Sicily. Italians are taking to the streets because their economy is in dire straits like so many other countries. Protesters in Barcelona are setting garbage bins on fire in the streets. Anger over the threat of a new lockdown has sparked protests in Serbia.
- Amnesty International said that Nigeria’s security forces fired upon two large gatherings of peaceful protesters amid calls for Nigeria’s government to close the corrupt Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
- France’s crackdown on radical Islamism in response to the beheading of the history teacher outside of Paris this month has started a row with Turkey – the effects of this have rippled through the Middle East with boycotts of French products.
The stock markets are a mess. A negative interest rate environment is forecast.
And we have two months to go …
“We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton
I have heard that the number 2020 is a significant one according to numerologists. For a lark, I headed to the Internet to research what they are saying about this tumultuous year.
“When you apply the mechanics of numerology to the numbers in the calendar year 2020, the result looks like no other chart. They point to opportunity and potential. At the top of the chart is the number 8, the number of money, power, and most of all, balance. It represents the material world of finance. It tells us that the economy will be strongly affected.
The financial system, for centuries driven by greed will be the sledgehammer that threatens our foundation. Apparently 8 is about karma – “what goes around comes around” – in equality will be the force swinging the hammer”.
And hasn’t the polarization of the haves and have-nots grown this year?
“The balancing power of the 8 also indicates what was weak will become strong, and what was strong will weaken. On many levels, powers swap in ways we can’t predict, but it will be so evident we will look back at 2020 as a pivotal year.
Yet, our sense of belonging, of being part of a larger whole and fundamentally connected will be significantly boosted. This feeling will inspire a highly focused, conscious effort to work together, especially among the younger generation.
By the second half of 2020 many of us will recognize the struggle to survive isn’t just us against the environment, or the greed of the few keeping so many in poverty, or the intolerant strangling freedom and creativity – but of young thinkers against the old ways, of movement versus apathy, of defiance versus submission.
2020 is all about devotion. The WORK it takes to mindfully live your values through every aspect of your life. The dedication, commitment, responsibility, and enacting of a life’s plan that engages you in the manifestation of your goals. It is a year of stepping up. Leaping in. Rising to the occasion. Of courageously putting one foot in front of the other in the direction of your heart. There is no hiding this year. This call to action is for everyone”.
Apparently, in 2019, the numerologists knew we were in for a significant year ahead.
Not being able to travel, to get lost in the busy-ness of future planning because we don’t know what the future holds, means having to mindfully live day to day. And with that, priorities change. Values change. We have learned how to ‘be’ during this global timeout.
I remain, as ever, fascinated by humanity as I watch this year unfold. We’re all in this together and I think we have finally realized that. #one
On a personal note, I’m spending more time in reflection and contemplation. My creative juices are on the rise. This presents a wonderful window of opportunity for me to complete my book project. Season 1 of my podcast, Awaken to the Best You, came to an end this week. If you haven’t listened to it yet, I hope you do. It’s meant to help you. The remainder of the autumn and winter will be dedicated to fine-tuning my book. The time is now.
Thank you for reading my blog. I’m touched.