June 24, 2020
Today is Day 100 of shelter in place and my daily blog entries. 100 days is a long time. However, this period of time feels much longer. Day 1 started as writing about the illumination of a pandemic, and reflecting upon the impact from my personal and professional view. As the days continued, it became clear there was knowledge of an impending pandemic that were ignored. As more days went by, other issues that had been ignored became illuminated. Racism; Police Brutality, Implicit Bias, Injustice, Trans-silencing, Partisan Politics, Sensationalized Media. Day by day, more issues are illuminated.
There is more than one microscope uncovering a multitude of viruses that divide and kill our society. The year 2020 has become a year of issues and experiences needing illumination and change.
My mission and call in life is to be a master weaver and midwife of people, places and things. To accompany people as they celebrate and/or discover their meaning of life. I don’t have answers; but I have a heart, and I attempt to reflect and make meaning of these days, and these events.
My daughter asked tonight how long I was going to write these daily reflections. I don’t know. I do know it is not time to stop. This 100th night I am not sure what to write. As many have said, these days are showing us we are in a marathon; not a sprint. So this night, I take a breath. There is much more ahead to reflect upon, to act upon, to lift up, to mourn, to celebrate, to savor.
I offer these words as my prayer this night:
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.” – Paulo Coelho