CHOICES peace, peace, precious peace pain, pain, poignant pain hope, hope, honored hope hate, hate, horrid hate love, love, lasting love loss, loss, lonely loss faith, faith, fervent faith fear, fear, fractious fear peace, hope, love, faith pain, hate, loss, fear all of these are part of life which of these do we hold dear?
in the dark, i saw a light
and that light beckoned me to walk into it
and the light became brighter
until i realized that i am the light
and that i am hope
whenever i choose it
at first, i heard
only urgent cries uttered in desperation
in the wrecked house of woe.
the staccato of the symphony of silence
played in the background.
then, i heard
pregnant pleas ripe with the possibility of
reimagining, rebuilding and reigniting
songs of the souls;
sacred songs of solidarity, sensitivity, and spirituality.
finally, i heard
each voice blending harmoniously with the next,
in music that fed all of our dreams,
reminding us of who we really are,
as wonder and warmth washed over us.
in the awakening of the world we find hope,
not for something magical or tangible,
but, hope for renewal and reinvigoration.
harken! daffodils in the meadows
rejoice! fish in the lakes
awaken! trees of the village
serenade! birds of the forest
for you are being given a fresh start,
a new beginning filled with promise
in this symbiotic relationship called “spring”
And, one for fun...
the fence was so high
it seemed like a barricade to the world
he stood in front of it and felt so small
he knew he’d never go over the fence
the fence was as tall as him
it seemed like it blocked his view
he put an upside-down bucket in front of it
he stepped on the bucket and climbed over the fence
the fence was shorter than him
it seemed like a challenge
he took a few steps back
he started running and jumped right over the fence
the fence was towering
it seemed as if as he shrank, it grew
he stared at it for a few minutes
he smiled and walked around the fence
We are creating every day (choices we make that are less-than-ideal, are part of the process too), and that creation happens even during times of crisis and challenge because our energy has been altered. As our world is being shaken to her core, we are being called to live into our highest selves—to be reflective, to reinvent, to restore by honoring the past and looking forward to the future.
The road ahead will be hard to navigate. There are many who are mourning losses or living in fear. Most of us do not have the ability to eradicate this virus, but we can stay the course by walking alongside those who are alone, those who need a listening voice and those who are afraid. And, we can choose to believe in miraculous outcomes.