Does the world feel more of a mess lately? Or does it appear so much worse because I’m constantly plugged into the news. I’m not sure it’s that good for our mental health. Trying to find the balance between staying informed & staying sane feels a Sisyphean task. Increasingly I return to the thought that we cannot change the world, or perhaps that the only way to change the world is to focus instead on changing ourselves. I wrote in another poem ‘if you are the one thing you think is right with the world / then you are the problem’ I was talking to myself of course, and I still hold to this. Anyway maybe the first step to understanding kindness is to practice it on ourselves, then take it out to the beings closest to us. Perhaps that’s all there is. Perhaps that could be enough.
This poem is from the hand-stitched Hanes collection from 2016, you can now download a free PDF from the Herstory section of my website at SophieMcKeand.com