I admit it, I’m hooked on Facebook. Once upon a time, it worried me, that addiction, but now it’s been long enough that it’s not an addiction. Hey, I could quit anytime!! Facebook is a way to keep in touch with friends all over the world. It’s also an excellent venue for reading between the lines and sharpening my perception of what’s really going on with old friends. But again, I digress.
This morning, I slept in, and my lovely husband brought me a cup of tea when I woke up, and I said “So what’s new?”
“The grass is growing, the birds are chirping, the Westies are rolling around and playing and having a wonderful time. Let’s not read the news today. Let’s just enjoy our own reality.”
And it’s true, of course, there is so much more going on that what we read in the media, and none of it is considered newsworthy. But we can live in a world where the horror of dishonesty and lies mounts daily, and worry about what is going to happen to this country, and we really should, at least sometimes, at least long enough to write our letters and make our donations…but we should also look up into the trees, look down to see the tulips coming up, accept the enthusiastic kisses that come our way (our Westie Ollie is a champion at this), and feel the joy in the Spring Air. God is right here, as near as our jugular vein.
In the midst of all this, I did habitually tune into Facebook, and one of my personal heros, Dad Rather, was right with us synchronistically:
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil. – Robert Frost
Even as we speak, the bees hum, the flowers bloom, and the birds take flight. Our precious world is fragile, however, and I hope we learn a lesson from this horrific virus that we must take science more seriously.
The same voices that called the coronavirus a hoax and told us we had nothing to worry about say the same thing about our climate crisis. But we know better, and we need to do everything we can to protect our Earth, the only home we have, so that future generations can marvel in the bounty and beauty of spring.
I know these are dark days. I feel the tragedy heavy on the heart. But let us also find the light and peace that can come with hope. Courage. I’ll see you again soon. – Dan Rather
My beloved teacher Pir Vilayat used to say that we ought to work to perceive that which transpires behind that which appears. That which transpires is all aound us. Let’s go with that. I thank God for those who undertake to uplift us, to hold us in hope and reality. I love you.