This week I contemplated breathing — literally because our air quality index was 244 yesterday — but mostly metaphorically.
There were a few instances where I was listening to stories of what happens when there is an imbalance of giving and taking in community — and how sometimes this is because of a systemic failure.
I imagined each of us as a cell in our body politic, where, when each cell is healthy, the body is healthy.
When one of us is unwell, a bunch of us can swarm in, holding space, bringing healing necessities, cleaning up a bit, whatever.
Obviously, the same people can’t swarm in all the time. This system requires most of us to be healthy enough so that when occasionally we have to drop everything and care for someone intensely, the body as a whole can rest a bit, recuperate.
The question I had this week was: What happens when the system we live in needs care?