The sun was in its glory today. It didn’t care about a virus. Or layoffs. Or that we are required to stay away from people who are not in quarantine with us. The sun shamelessly took the opportunity to fill the sky the whole damn day.
So, my newest granddaughter and I walked her aunt to her place of work at my husband’s bistro. The sun did not care that the bistro is restricted to “take out only”. Or that customers must awkwardly remain 6 feet from the counter while ordering. Or that anxiety is now a daily way of life for most people. I wasn’t kidding when I said that the sun is shameless because when it decides to shine, the clouds are compelled to get out of the way.
While that distant, fiery orb is arrogantly heating up the opposite side of the planet, it just dawned on me (no pun intended*) that I want to be more like the sun.
Perspective: If we are as old as the sun, short term setbacks don’t throw us off track.
Confidence: When I want to shine, nothing should stop me.
Diligence: There is never a reason not to be fully present.
Consistency: Every damn day, I must show up to heat things up.
Healing: My goal is to inspire gratitude and growth.
Faith: Confidence that tomorrow I’ll be where I’m supposed to be.
Compassion: Rather than cause harm to others, I’ll invite the rain.
Balance: Glorious balance. There’s a different form of wonder and magic in the darkness.
Today, we might be fighting something more insidious than a tiny little virus. We seem to be fighting with ourselves.
Everything we thought was forever might be crumbling. Life will never go back to what it was because we are permanently changed by that darkness (anxiety) in ourselves. We are losing precious loved ones while shielding others inside our four walls, hoping and praying that the virus will not rob us of more security.
So how can we possibly irradicate that darkness? We become the light for someone else.
We post job listings and make connections.
We call others in seclusion to assure them, “I’m here You’re not alone.”
We hold space for those who are living with grief.
We feed someone who is hungry.
We write thank-you notes and post them.
We plant trees for future generations and flowers for next month.
We keep looking up for guidance about how to add light when dark clouds seem to be settled in for the long haul.
We remember that we were created to be just like the sun.
Tomorrow, I hope you decide to shamelessly shine all damn day.
PS: *I lied.