‘Is it time to panic?’
‘is my panic
and the invitation for others
to share in my panic with me
what this world really needs?’
are two good questions
God asked long ago
that we are still learning
in times of necessary tension and strife.
Conflict, God knew
was critical to this wild experiment working.
So She thought a lot about inserting
the alarms which ring in our ears
every time conflict is encountered.
After all, She reasoned
conflict is really only a lever,
a fulcrum and the helpful signposts
to prompt us toward some higher order
of complexity, cooperation and interdependence.
And sometimes anxiety IS part
of a viable strategy of conflict
especially when complacency and apathy
and personal comfort
have taken root
and reign as priorities
over things like
truth, trust and understanding,
cooperation, justice and the chance to extend love.
At these times, anxiety
is a useful tool.
But like so many of the prehistoric tools
acquired from the limbic tool shed
it was built for different times than ours
and requires some thoughtful and innovative application
or, at least, a thorough review of the disclaimer
required at the end of the commercials:
‘this product may cause confusion, irritation, inflammation, upset stomach, fear, wariness, constipation, distrust, disgust, disengagement, despair, loneliness, rigidity, isolation, tiredness, trouble sleeping, desperation, symptoms of addiction and susceptibility to watching Fox News.
I believe that sometime after God invented anxiety
She came across early tests that prompted the impulse
to stop its production altogether
shut down manufacturing and distribution
face the embarrassment of a recall
and send it back to R&D.
I believe God would have pulled it from the shelves altogether
Except for all its essential
and critical applications:
that it could protect and save
the creatures She realized
She loved most.
And that’s when it became clear:
That if She could learn to live with Her anxiety,
we could learn to live with ours.