While this week’s weather may or may not indicate so, we are now well into the Easter season. Unlike past Easter seasons, many and probably most of us traveled through this year feeling an odd and disquieting mix of optimism, fear, hope, and sadness. Optimism and hope as the pandemic slowly loosens its grip and fades into the past. Fear and sadness that what once was may never return or, if it does so, returns in unfamiliar and unwanted ways.
In that spirit and in sharing those same feelings, I offer this brief passage from the 13th Century Sufi mystic and poet, Rumi.
Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to.
Don’t try to see through the distances.
That’s not for human beings.
Move within, but don’t move the way fear makes you move.
And, if I might add an Easter note, never forget that you will never walk alone!