April 1, 2020
The Other Side
What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Center down.
Know that we are all connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You can’t deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that’s become clear.)
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting.
All over the world people are looking at their neighbors in a new way.
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality:
To how big we really are.
To how small we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you can make as to how to live now.