It’s only Wednesday and already, it feels like a long week.
Perhaps it is that yesterday was the 11th of September. A day worth marking. Not just because it’s the birthday of a couple of young women I love, but also because it is what it is. September 11th. A day in 2001 when the world felt like it shifted on its axis. A day when fear and confusion and horror awoke in the heart’s of millions.
I remember the fear. The confusion. The horror.
I choose Love.
And still, the ennui is here.
Perhaps it is just a heavy workload. Or having said goodbye to my daughter and grandson yesterday, my heart is full, and my body is tired.
Emotions come and go. Some weeks feel longer than others. Some situations feel more daunting. Some opportunities more challenging and exciting.
Yet, no matter what is going on, no matter what we’re facing, or doing or experiencing. No matter our elation or our worry, our joy or our sadness, Love is always present.
It’s the thing about life. No matter how dark the skies or deep the river, Love is always present.
The challenge is, in the midst of chaos, it can be easy to lose sight of Love, to forget that in the midst of everything, Love is always present.
To remember, we need to name what we’re feeling and to also name Love in its midst. It goes like this:
Oh look. Confusion is here. So is Love.
Oh look. There’s my old friend anger. And here’s my greatest companion, Love.
Oh look. Helplessness is present. So is Love.
Oh look. Fear is raising its head. Love is here to ease its burden.
Oh look. Sadness is clouding my skies. Love is lighting my way.
It doesn’t matter what is filling your heart and mind. What is clouding your vision. What is stirring up your emotions. In the midst of everything, remind yourself that while all those things are present, so is Love.
And in Love’s infinite grace, life flows effortlessly.