We were made for these times

Not since Lord Krishna, in the Bhagavad Gita, urged Arjuna on to the fight, to face history and fulfill his destiny have we read such words as these from Jungian counselor Clarissa Pinkola Estes:

“My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times.
I have heard from so many… concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Yet, I urge you not [to] spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope.
The fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.”

Consider that at every moment we have choices:

  • to complain that these times are foul and the players corrupt; OR  face the fact that these times are hard, and the people need shelter.
  • to condemn the old ways as inadequate to the times; OR arise and assert that these times call for us, you and me, to invent new ways.
  • to criticize leaders as lacking integrity; OR commit ourselves to follow integrity itself, whatever happens.
  • to grumble that we have no hope of success; or  like Prince Arjuna, accept that success has never been in our hands; outcomes have always been in the hands of destiny, of history, the great mystery, the Great Spirit.

What alone is in our hands– what alone we can freely choose — is to make the heroic effort, to run the good race, to fight the good fight; and to succeed in a noble cause or happily give our all in the process of trying!

I prefer to affirm that we were forged for these times and we are equal to them.  Indeed, these times were made especially for us, so we would have something worthy to attempt, and something historic to achieve.  Choose where you want your life to count.  We are here on purpose.  We were made for these times.

  1. Joanna
    Joanna says:

    It makes me think of the saying “you are either part of the problem or part of the solution.” To stand by and do nothing (and complaining on its own is not action) is not enough. Complaining plus action is better 🙂 Criticizing in the spirit of testifying to injustice rather than staying silent can be a form of action in the right context. Injustice happens when good people stand by and do (or say) nothing.

    • Elaine Kathryn
      Elaine Kathryn says:

      Thanks for reminding us that complaining or criticizing is not in itself “action”. Also reminds us of the idea to “be the change you want to see” and to act from that frame of mind.


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