Different Options for Living Playing and Hoping In Nonviolence and Safety (D.O.L.P.H.I.N.S.)
Once upon a time, in a place called America people spent most of their time at home focused on family. They would venture out greeting neighbors as they worked in their yards and take walks around the neighborhood daily. On an average day one could see whole families out on their bicycles toward evening. Commonly each day they would enjoy a meal of fresh fish casually caught on the shoreline or out in the family boat.
Over time life became more and more complicated and the priorities of the people became skewed. Happiness became more and more difficult to find, to claim, to recognize. The people began to see one another more as a means to their own advancement than relationships to be cherished. The people began to drink to excess, eat to excess, do everything to excess.
One day a ferocious monster invaded all the land and the people scurried into their homes. They used the internet to communicate with one another and share the latest news. Each day they read how many of their neighbors were injured by the monster and how many lives the monster took. They saw stories about how the monster was all over the entire world doing this same thing. Businesses were closed, traveling restricted, schools closed, jobs lost and life began to feel much much smaller and restricted. It was the best way to protect not just themselves but one another. Fear threatened to overcome the people.
As time went on, the people began to realize how much they truly cared about one another. Each day as the numbers of those injured or died went up and even just one more each person was touched with sadness and prayer for the rest. They began to care about how they affected their neighbors. With less and less income and absolutely everyone in the same “boat” they began to share food with neighbors, making sure no one was forgotten.
They dealt with their free time by cleaning up around the house, taking care of things that needed mending long ago. After 2 weeks of this quieter simpler life they began to recognize the value of relationships, free time and they were surprised at how they were learning how to live without spending money. They became creative in ways to connect with one another in worship, study, and just being in groups safely. Their priorities began to shift again and happiness re-entered their lives.
The people so valued the lessons they learned they realized that they wanted to reorganize their way of living, their priorities so that even after the monster was slayed, their lives would stand for so much more than they ever thought before.
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