Last night, former US President Bill Clinton spoke in town. Evidently, he gave a wide-ranging talk on a number of global issues. On Haiti, his current project, he spoke in essence of the “teach a man to fish” model. “No matter how many people we put in school, how many sick kids we see in health clinics…within a matter of years it will be gone again unless we can build the capacity for them to live their own lives and not need us anymore.”
I agree fully that pouring aid into an area without building sufficiency just leads to the need for more. Even in my city, aid is poured into the rough part of town at a rate that would give all the disadvantaged a good income. Yet they see little of it directly. (yes, some are not capable of managing their own lives, but that’s another discussion)
More interesting was this quote: “You have millions of people in our country and all around the world just screaming for change to stop so the ground doesn’t move under their feet everyday and they can get back to some basic level of control.”
This is a whole different message that’s not being groked yet, I suspect even by Mr. Clinton. Change is the nature of life. And right now, change is accelerating, partly to shake us loose from what we’ve been resisting. As long as we fight that change, we’ll be struggling to hold on and suffering. When we learn to go with the flow, the ride gets much smoother. We begin to find happiness with what is.
We discover life is not about control. It’s about moving with the flow. For some reason, the film Contact comes to mind. In the movie, they change the capsules plans to add in a secure seat for the pilot. After being heavily shaken in the seat, she undoes her harness and floats freely. In the end, her only injury is from the added seat broken loose.
Smile. Life is a lot of fun if you let it be. 😉