I share with you a poetically written blog by a friend, Lynnsey Carroll, addressing the fears we are experiencing with the Coronavirus, and the varied choices we have in how we choose to respond. As you may know, I am one who believes in the future, in the strength and personal growth of humans to survive against all odds. In so many crises, the beauty is in the choices we make to come together.
I try to live by the following words: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” French philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
By Lynnsey Carroll ©
Some will not survive. It could be anyone really, this virus does not discriminate. Not like HIV where some people thought they were immune. Covid-19 can invade anyone’s cells.
Some will think they are safe because they eat a certain way or have no underlying health issues or exercise like mad. They may even be arrogant because they lived through one pandemic. Like cancer, covid does not discriminate. When covid knocks, the door will open, no matter who you are. Maybe being healthier will help your survival rate. Help you handle the invasion a little longer. Ultimately some will still die, even healthy ones.
A corona is “an irregularly shaped pearly glow surrounding the darkness.” Such a beautiful image. What darkness is this corona illuminating? Hatred from past pandemics? Forced isolation, by widowhood or old age or disability or fear? Some say it is leading us to the Aquarian Age. A hard way to get there, true, but we don’t seem to learn with easy steps. This virus is stepping hard on our toes, demanding that we pay attention. What darkness in me is it illuminating? Each to their own.
A corona is the trumpet inside the daffodil. It is the crown of our body. It is a circular chandelier in a church. Faith illuminated in the face of a flower or the soft spot on a babies’ head. In the natural splendor of woods and field and sea.
We have a choice here, to not let hatred bloom again in the face of fear. A choice to choose love at the onset. In that way, maybe all we lost won’t be in vain.
How else can we honor the indiscriminate nature of a virus? We can reach out, over and over again. We can forgive and begin again. We can find patience with ourselves and our friends and family. We can listen and acknowledge the truth of many voices.
A corona is also a glowing circle of light around an object. How will we each get our shine on? Will we be glowing light of love and caring, or will we be the darkness of hate and false arrogance born from fear? Each moment we choose. We must be honest with ourselves; impermanence is close at hand and time is an illusion. Each moment is all we have. Choose carefully, choose with an open heart.
Lots of food for thought in this writing. Each paragraph holds another “message” for you or for me. Or perhaps for both of us. I pray we all remember to reach out to someone and hold tight to many. I pray that I will be the glowing light of love and caring. I pray that the love and caring i offer will be accepted and expanded on and passed on to another and another and yet another. Until this world is transformed and there is no more hate no more discrimination. Only love for everyone!
Thanks Merlene. You already are a glowing light who is helping transform the world. Hugs, Roberta
I appreciate your insights and point of view. I hope we all live and love and learn together in a compassionate community now.
I agree Carol. Compassion and support – two important words. Roberta
This writing is so powerful and slipped into my heart with it’s clarity. I have read it several times already and find new inspiration each time. Many blessings and positivity to the author, and to you for posting to your web page blog.
Thanks for posting this piece, Roberta. It had a calming effect on me. 🙂
Lynnsey’s writing is calming and thought-provoking.