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TO BE HOPEFUL IN DARK TIMES


Letter to a Russian friend:


"My dear friend,


I was so sorry to hear that your family is originally from Ukraine and that you are devastated by what is going on there. I am too, like so many of us, and yes, maybe as well because almost all my ancestors come from Poland, Russia, Tatarstan and Odessa, Ukraine... so I too feel a special bond and acute suffering.


At first I could not stop crying. I just could not believe it, as all my life I suffered from PTSD from both my parents and grand-parents who went through WWII, in Poland and Paris (my mom's father was jewish and all his relatives died in concentration camps).

"Nie Wieder" became "Noch einmal"...


Being a mom, I could not allow myself to cry non-stop. I had to protect my son and give him a sense of normalcy and joy, so I found refuge in my beliefs, in prayers and in Reiki -healing myself and others.


I also understood that despite my wish to act by taking a truck, delivering goods directly to refugees... I could be of best use staying here, donating to Unicef and proposing free Reiki to Ukrainian refugees. Everyone can contribute in their own capacity.

My only rule right now is to not turn a blind eye and not do "as if nothing is happening", and to stick to love, not fear, anger or hatred.


Yesterday, I found this text that summaries my conception of life.

I hope you will find some solace in these words:


"TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”


Howard Zinn


***Offering Free Reiki to refugees living in or around Monaco 🇲🇨 (I am in Beausoleil)

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