In the moments when we can't get a clear view of our surroundings, the answer is almost always to slow down--one's pace, one's breath, one's mind. Only when we can take in what's around us without including ourselves in the picture, then perspective, if not a plan of action, follows.
Indecision, panic, and anxiety are self-centered conditions, meaning that with the gaze turned inward--that limited space inward--a way out, a solution, is almost impossible to come across. But when we take ourselves outside of ourselves--get an aerial view, so to speak--we see where we are in space. We see how blessedly small we are, and we see--in the vast reaches of our landscape--just how many possibilities there are open to us.
Petals--don't let them bring you down. Don't let them, just because they're seemingly immortal, fueled by hatred and bigotry, fear and privilege, make you question yourself, your mission, or your right to your place in this world. You are a creature of light and your powers far outweigh theirs.
We are in this for the long game. Them? They're here for the sprint.
We are not separate from anything, yet we are entirely unique to everything. Does that give us special compensation to do as we please when we please? Of course not. We may be an integral part of this system, but we know damn well (or should know, anyway) that it can get on just fine without us.
But, at our best, at our most hopeful, at our most joyous, we are a delightful and necessary addition to the radiance of the world. We are makers and creators, caretakers and admirers. We are the audience and the actors. Our delight in this world is what makes the bloom and the decay so heartrendingly beautiful and these brief lives so very poignant.
So go on with your sweet self--keep the heart open, the eyes open, and delight in every moment you can. That delight is as necessary to peace, as necessary to harmony as any laying down of arms and stepping back from the line.
I don't think it counts as dangerous or wishful thinking to change where you stand in order to shift your view. We are sensory creatures, after all, and if a glimpse of sky, of water has the power to change our day, then why not a different take on our particular you-are-here moment?
It's not about sticking one's head in the sand. On the contrary--it's about yanking it out, blinking away the grit, and looking around for a view from which we can take stock, weigh options--or do nothing at all--in peace and maybe a little joy.