I love this picture!
Every time I see it, my first reaction is to start cheering for the butterfly: “Come on sweetie, you can do it. Keep those wings going and you’ll pull that little boulder right up the stairs.”
But then my second reaction is to look at it again and say: “Oh sweetie, it’s just too much, too heavy a burden. Why are you even spreading your wings and trying?
Let me share some of the ways in which this very moment, April of 2020, seem to be asking us to hold both our strength and fragility in our hearts on a daily basis:
- keeping in touch with those we love — and accepting our anxiety and fear of becoming ill
- learning new skills, be they computer, household, etc. — and feeling
overwhelmed by the new technology and skills that many of us need to learn
- being appreciative and saying thank you to those working at stores and pharmacies –and understanding the importance of the social distancing we are asked to maintain
- staying grateful for what we have in terms of food and clothing, homes or apartments — and feeling panic around money, jobs, and personal income
- feeling safe and protected by Spirit — and sitting with the unease around the larger economic, environment, political and humanitarian outlook
- appreciating new ways of organizing our days and time to ourselves — and feeling anger at the lack of control around getting supplies, tests, as well as understanding government decisions and the effects of these decisions on our healthcare workers, the homeless, and those in prison or in poverty.