“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”– JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings
These last two years have made the world feel smaller than ever. The interconnectedness and the impact we have on each other is so stark now. From the murder of George Floyd to the injustices committed against Palestinians, from the rising sea levels of Bangladesh to wildfires in Brazil, from cuts to the NHS to claps for the NHS, from narratives that favour the rich to grassroots movements that empower communities.
Sometimes, it feels like the earth is patiently waiting for us to realise that despite the connected layers of chaos and noise, there are beautiful spaces of healing around us and within us. It may require us to look deeper but we can always find a steady stream of stories that speak of hope, healing, resilience and resistance.
Perhaps it is within these stories and spaces that we are inspired to do good, to appreciate and connect with this earth and to commit to positive change.
Head – Global Learning London