“Pursue Some Path"
SUNNYSIDE UP MOMENT - APRIL 11, 2020
DAY TWENTY-SIX OF THE CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN FOR US AT STACK 'EM HIGH PANCAKES AND SO FORTH
I have had a terrifying thought. What if I wake up when this is all over and my life is exactly the same? Obviously, our bank account will not look the same. Our business ledgers will not look the same. Our calendars will not look the same. But what if I am the exact same person I was when the restrictions are lifted as I was before they were put in place? Wouldn’t that be a terrible waste of crisis?
There is a lot of talk about “going back to normal.” And, make no mistake, I am anxious for the victory of a vaccine over the virus, the fellowship of friends and a return to the momentum of modern life. However, it is unrealistic to think that where we were is ever where we end up. Time doesn’t rewind nor does it stand still. The essence of being human derives its magic from the symphony of all of our moving parts, moving forward! The environment in which we live, our relationships to each other, our place in the world, our maturing minds, our growing children, none of these things are static. The beauty of being alive is created today and appreciated tomorrow. That is why from time to time when we get stuck in a rut we are so uncomfortable. It is unnatural to keep one foot from following the other.
No friends, I have no intention of “going back.” And even if I did, it wouldn’t matter. That’s not how life works. Whatever the other side of the pandemic looks like for you, may it unearth a journey filled with joy. Thoreau asks us to “pursue some path however narrow and crooked in which you can walk with love and reverence.” Here’s to the next step for you and for us all!