I know we are anxious to get out, to get on with our lives. But before we rush out like a bull out of his cage, let’s take a moment to consider what we want to remember of this time. Let’s take an inventory now of what we want to protect as we emerge into the new world.
Here is my list.
There were a lot of awful things that have happened and likely will continue to happen. Many people in positions of power have acted despicably. Health care providers, many who were already ravaged by burnout, are traumatized.
No one will emerge from this untouched.
But there are so many stories of what we can do, of what the world can be like. What do you want to remember?
You Reading This, Be Ready
Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers, what softened
sound from outside fills the air?
Will you ever bring a better gift for the worldWhen you turn around, starting here, lift this
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now? Are you waiting
for time to show you some better thoughts?
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life –
What can anyone give you greater than now,William Stafford
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?