This thing going on in our world can result in an emotional rollercoaster. And this rollercoaster has room for all of us. No height requirement necessary.
For me, this week was tough. My emotions poured out of me in a million little ways. I teared up at the sound of a treasured song. I smiled at the many acts of kindness taking place in our small town. I was filled with gratitude that Cowboy and I both still have jobs, a home, and groceries for us and our zoo. I got stressed over a work project. I missed hugging my family members. I felt guilty for being in an okay place when I know folks who are not. I felt happy when I was able to share and to help others. I got lost in nature. Up and down, left and right, I rode this roller coaster in the front seat with my hands in the air screaming, laughing, and crying.
Here’s the thing. This pandemic has changed our world. It’s changed us. Every single one of us. But we don’t yet fully know how much and to what extent. There has been loss for everyone – freedoms to move about as we please, pay and jobs, a sense of security, and worst of all the loss of neighbors, friends, and loved ones. And yet there has been so much goodness as unsung heroes have emerged to keep us all moving forward. I’m looking at you healthcare workers, first responders, truck drivers, and grocery store workers.
It’s one big, beautiful terrifying messy life right now.
And for so many of us, it’s also the time to celebrate Easter or Passover or simply the arrival of spring. It looks different this year. There are no fields filled with laughing children chasing down Easter eggs. There are no churches brimming with Easter bonnets as parishioners sit shoulder to shoulder. There are no tables set for extended family gatherings centered around a favorite meal.
I was telling a dear friend of mine that when I go for walks through our pastures, I often walk with my head down because I am staring at my feet. I do this because I’m incredibly clumsy, so it’s purely for self preservation (of my knees and my dignity). And she said to me, “Don’t forget to look up.”
Look up my friends. Even in times of loss and sadness and confusion there are reasons for hope. There is love. There is kindness. There are doggy kisses and flowers blooming. There is prayer and meditation. There is goodness in this world. There is each of you.
So in these trying times, when emotions have become theme park rides, and clumsy feet seek steady ground, may we all find a moment to look up.
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