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We Were Made For These Times


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When thinking about the climate change crisis I find myself filled with an anguish and impotence that can become very overwhelming.  I found myself attracted to thinkers that elicit excitement in the new ways we could organize our world, all of the innovation creativity and bravery that is needed in this new era. I used the poem “We were made for these times” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes in my print precisely for this reason. Here is an excerpt of the poem that speaks of ships and stormy seas:

“I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind."

"Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.”

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