Read Write Do, Day 1
Pandemic a poem by Rev. Dr. Lynn Ungar
What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down.
And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart. Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful. (You could hardly deny it now.) Know that our lives are in one another’s hands. (Surely, that has come clear.) Do not reach out your hands. Reach out your heart. Reach out your words. Reach out all the tendrils of compassion that move, invisibly, where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love-- for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, so long as we all shall live.
Write About This
In your normal life, how do you usually try "to make the world different than it is?" How does it make you feel to think about "giving up" on those efforts, at least temporarily?
What does it mean that our lives are "connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful?"
Reach out today, via phone call or video chat or email or whatever, to the three people described below. Let them know you're thinking of them, find a way to express how much you appreciate who they are and what they do.
Someone you see often in normal life whom you might not see for several weeks now.
Someone you care about but haven't talked to in a long time.
Someone you don't know, or don't know very well, but sense could use some support right now.
Read Write Do is a three-part activity intended to help our minds and hearts grow, rather than shrink, during the time we are all staying home. If you "sign up" using the above button it will drop into your email box every morning for thirty days. No cost, no nonsense. Just something nice to do.
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