How poor are you? Kaze
Rainer Maria Rilke “If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.”
“Life s…ks here. There is nothing to do. I am bored,” proclaims a young man. I look at the other faces of the Jr. High kids around the table. They all nod. Life is tough in a small town. Sometimes it seems we will all shrivel up and dissolve into dust.
One of our leadership team young adults( Ralph) drops into one of the chairs. I tell him what we have been talking about. He thinks for a bit. Everyone waits for him to speak. Finally, he says, “I still live here and I have a rich life. I’ve been a lot of places now and have met so many people. I guess for about two years I could hardly wait to get home and then I would be bored in about ten minutes and wanted to leave again. I’m not sure how I changed but I know it was inside. It seemed like I knew so much that was just in me. And people started looking at me with respect. Like I was somebody. I’ve been somewhere. I’ve done a lot of things. I just started to look differently at things and people. I used to think that whatever I did, I would eventually fail. Nothing good was ever going to happen to me. And then a lot of good things did. People asked me to help them in church. Others told me that I could come live with them and they would help me with a job. And some people are really interested in my dreams of the future. I think that finally I got it that it was up to me to make my life interesting. That’s when I changed. It is totally up to me to meet people, and try new things and find new places to visit. It’s up to me.”
“What can we do?” asks one of the young ones.
We talk about that and several good suggestions are made. Then Eric says, “You remember when you put that picture on Facebook of the forest. It was all green and the words say something like “This is a family too.” That really got to me. I’ve got so many relatives and not just the ones in this area. Everything in the world, even the trees make me bigger.”
With that image and those words, we ended the meeting. Somehow it seems right that an image evoked by pictures or words can do more than advice.