“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” These words of the late Marilyn Monroe come to my mind as I change my focus from what is being lost to what may yet come together during and after this difficult time.
One of the better things that can fall together is a stronger feeling of solidarity with other humans around the world. We are all in this together. Our human wrappings may look different and we may speak in different languages, but we must all breathe, and we must all eat, and we are all interdependent in a fundamental way: we do not live for ourselves. We share the power of intention and global consciousness. Though “shelter in place” or “stay at home” may not seem like a real contribution in the fight against the pandemic we are facing, each of us can generate in our own minds a powerful intention of love and peace and even joy.
Now is a good time to practice sitting still and embracing the silence. Solitude is not loneliness when we finally learn how to be our own best friend and to believe that, though we are meant for community, we are also enough when physically alone.
Now is the time to explore the spirituality that we may practice as a group, but now can come to understand as an individual in prayer. Now is a good time to write texts and emails and letters to connect with others. Now is a good time to start a journal to help organize our thoughts and feelings during this time in our lives.
And, it is a time in our lives. It will be the foundation for the kind of confidence that is only credible when we have been tested. It is a foundation for looking our fear in the face. It is a time to experience our courage awakening.