• Monica

    I connect with your description of feeling lost, a disorientation we’re all experiencing. We’re all searching for more. And I appreciate that you don’t let your reader off the hook. We have the power to transform this world into a better place, and it’s our responsibility to keep seeking out ways to do so. This is a beautiful honoring of what’s broken, and a call for thoughtful action.

    July 20, 2020
  • Chris Carithers

    Becky, right on! Love this piece. There’s so much going on right now that could lead one to contract, retreat and isolate; however, as you mentioned, we’ve been provided with an opportunity for largeness. I love your call to action, inviting us all to be, “an adult who sees something in another”. You’ve always been such a champion of connection, action and the possibility for change.

    July 21, 2020
  • Mike Stinson

    A big “Amen” to Monica’s and Chris’s comments! This is a heartfelt piece, an expression of conscience and compassion. Maybe this is a time to focus on identifying and cultivating our own unique gifts. I believe we all have our own special something that is vital to life’s flourishing. Maybe we not only need to do what we can to immediately help, but we also can utilized this time to go deep within to discover who we are, and who we are not. A time to care for our souls, and therefore the world’s soul.

    “The Bodhisativa voluntarily comes back into the world knowing that it’s a mess.

    He doesn’t come back
    “only if it is sweet for me”

    The Bodhisattva
    participates joyfully
    in the sorrows of the world”….Heinrich Zimmer in Joe Campbell’s “Reflections on the Art of Living”

    July 21, 2020
  • Dianne

    And the big question is, what have we learned through these days of Solitude?

    July 22, 2020
  • Margaret Walker

    Becky, I wanted to respond to this piece that so well reflects my own thoughts and experiences. Yet I have only a jumble of words that tumble in confusion, refusing to form a coherent sentence. Perhaps my mind is as shattered as my soul as I struggle to find a “new normal” – a way to again use stories and connections to build those bonds of “love and belonging”.
    Thank you for inspiring me to again foster that “something in another”. I had forgotten that very early in the “shutdown” I used Margaret Wise Brown’s “The Important Book” in a bit of online teaching with a 7 year old. The expression on her face as we re-wrote the book to be about her was sheer joy – for both of us.

    July 22, 2020
  • Barb

    I’m so grateful for words that help me name and describe my own feelings and wanderings over the last four + months. These unsettling and tender times are filled with possibilities for growth. For me, the snag is navigating through foggy distractions. Thank you for the assurance that we can find life-giving ways to connect and show care, even from home. Alongside you, Becky!

    July 24, 2020

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