We are, like many of you, scared for the safety of our most vulnerable neighbors and the future of the economy. With the stay-at-home order extended in California through May 15th, it may feel harder to stay focused and grounded.
Uncertainty is a part of everyday life, even when we are not in the midst of a global pandemic. But today, we are much more conscious of this truth, and for many, it feels uncomfortable and frightening.
We are also experiencing a collective grieving - for what was and what could have been and what may be.
As grief expert David Kessler wrote in his book, The Sixth Stage of Grief, "You don't have to experience grief, but you can only avoid it by avoiding love. Love and grief are inextricably intertwined."
Listen to his interview with Brené Brown on her podcast, "Unlocking Us."
I invite you to read below a poem from Sufi Poet Rumi that reminds us to welcome even our most uncomfortable emotions.
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi