The daily news covers the struggle for schools and universities to make safe decisions to return to school in person or virtual. Having students of any age work from home or dorm room isn’t always easy, for them, their parents, or their teachers. These are tough times, and each of us has individual decisions to make on a number of fronts.
On a less serious note, my beloved Red Sox are failing dramatically in the 62-game season, down 100 games due to the pandemic. Frankly, the pitching has been pathetic, and there is little evidence of team spirit leading them during this frustrating season. It’s safe to say many players are already looking toward next year when things return to “normal.”
We all look for a new view of our days to lift our spirits. I share this beautiful blessing from one of my favorites, John O’Donohue.
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
Thinking of you all as we move into this transition to Fall and all that brings.
Take care, and blessings to you all,