My husband goes out there every day to try and protect the lives of others. Years ago, he made an oath that bound his fate to those in need. Three years ago, I made an oath that bound my fate to his. Today I stand behind a front liner. This is my sacrifice. This is my burden. This is my path to amazing possibilities. Could it be yours to?
My husband goes out there every day to try and protect the lives of others. Years ago, he made an oath that bound his fate to those in need. Three years ago, I made an oath that bound my fate to his.
Does this sound familiar? Is this your story too? Then I want you to know that I know. I understand. I see you, and I feel you, although we can’t meet physically right now. There’s a whole lot more of us and, in our isolation, we can stand together.
Seeing the people we love get up tired in the morning and still go out the door to try and be of service to the ones in need, that is as painful as it is inspiring. By now you may feel that this movement is far bigger than one person, than one family. And you’re right, this is a wave that impacts us all. It’s not something we can stop by exercising our will. And that can create feelings of helplessness, depression and despair. But we are not helpless. We are POWERFUL. And we have our own role to play.
We stand behind the front liners. We use each moment of our day to build inner capacity and a nurturing home that they can come back to. No matter what life meant for us that day, no matter what inner demons were released and had to be dealt with, when they come home, we are ready. Ready to help them nurture their tired bodies, ready to wrap their broken energy in hope and love. I know. It’s not easy. I’m going through it too. We have needs and they can’t be there for us right now. The people we love are there for far too many. This is our sacrifice. This is our burden. And it may just lead to amazing possibilities.
When we stop depending on the people in our lives for our happiness and peace, when we can stand on our own and release them from this great responsibility, it means we have found that all those resources we’ve been desperately searching for out there in the world have been with us this whole time. It means we turned within to witness our strength and our beautiful, perfect, loving nature. If this period is gifting us anything, it’s time. Time away from our habits, time away from distractions, time to reflect on new possibilities, whether those possibilities mean new recipes or new ways of being in the world. Most days we have a more sheltered existence than our beloved front liners, even if toddlers are running through the house demanding our attention throughout the day and all the other responsibilities fall on our shoulders. You can call it isolation, or you can call it a gift.
If the world is a body, then we are part of the heart. And we need to let that love, those resources shine through and radiate on those who can’t find them anymore; on the people we love who go out that door every morning. Make no mistake, we are in service, just as our loved ones are. And what we do each day matters. It matters to ourselves, to our families, to those front liners and to the future of this world.
We are not one but many and we CAN make a difference. So hang in there and do what you do. And make those moments count. And know that me and so many others are going through it with you. In our isolation we stand together.
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