“No despair of ours can alter the reality of things, nor stain the joy of the cosmic dance, which is always there. – Thomas Merton
I had a different post ready on pruning, cutting the dry branches for the good of the whole. But I was compelled to change the topic based on conversations, exchanges and observations today. It feels like a pep talk is in order to offer hope, hold out a hand and cast light rather than offer insight and analysis.
Each one of us will face depths that we can never explain, plan or prepare for but must walk through. No one is immune from the side effects of daily living.
A grandmother who suddenly fades and lands delicately on the pivot point of life and death. A halt in our daily activities from an injury that makes it painfully difficult to stand, to walk with ease. And then the regular old self-centered, ego driven actions of humans.
And despite the noise and chaos, there remains an anchor, an unshakable foundation of hope in a friend who listens without giving advice, in an encouraging word and smile that says “I’ve been there and it’s going to be o.k.”
So if you are in that spot right now, hold tight and go through it. Don’t try to take a shortcut or bypass the depth. It won’t work and you won’t stay there. The other side is always waiting for you to arrive when the time is right and the proper work is complete. And if you are not in that spot right now, assume the person next to you is and be kind.
The cosmic dance knows the song so stop trying to lead. Simply let go, follow the steps and dance.
Brilliant. And so very true. We try to alter reality, and we can’t. We try to circumvent the painful parts, and we can’t. Only thing to do is take a breath and walk through whatever it is. Hold on
to hope. And help someone else if we can. Love this so much.
Wonderful insight Gail!
I knew there was a reason why I held on to those old notifications so I could catch up on what I missed earlier this year. This is a much-needed encouragement. It would have been wonderful back when you originally posted it, but it’s even more perfect today, after a bit of fermenting. Thank you, as always.
Thank you for your kindness