Reopening is something we’ve all longed for since February/March of 2020. We had glimpses of that possibility this summer when the masks came off along with the sunshine, and we hoped that we were seeing the end of the worst of the coronavirus. Then came the delta variant, and we are back into our places of uncertainty, perhaps tinged by fear, even if we’ve been vaccinated.
What I’ve come to call “COVID times” has asked a lot of each of us. We’ve had to practice self-care and care for those around us. We’ve had to wear masks in public places, keeping us from seeing each other’s smiles.
We’ve had to practice patience in ways we’ve been rarely called to do. We’ve coped by streaming movies, giving away things we no longer need, attending meetings on Zoom, and reaching out to children, grandchildren, and friends virtually.
Some of us have found solace in being out-of-doors away from others where we can be nurtured by the beauty of nature. Some of us have started to travel and venture out further, counting on our vaccinations to protect us, but still feeling hesitant about the possibility of catching a breakthrough infection and transmitting it to a child. We are continuing to to step into our futures with uncertainty:
- Will we really be able to “open” safely?
- What will that look like?
- What will that mean?
Perhaps the most important questions I’ve been asking myself during this time are: “Who do I need to be once things open again? How can I be a force for good in a world that continues to dissemble around me? Am I going to be a person of fear or of hope? What will be most helpful at this time of continuing confusion and uncertainty?”
Happily, I came across the following readings that are helping me determine how to step into the kind of future I would like to see and be a force for positive change:
May these inspiring words fill each of us with the hope and belief that we are each enough to return to the world in ways that help healing to happen. May we find the strength to be a source of light to others. May we touch the world with that light. Blessings and Peace to you.
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