As of tomorrow, Nov. 17, the state of Oregon, my home will be locking down again, but in a gentler way this time. Covid is on the rise and steps are being taken as are all around the world. (I do find it interesting this surge is occurring just about two weeks after Halloween- hmm). Goodbye swimming pool and library for a bit (sigh).
Nothing much surprises me anymore. Coming from a biology, ecology background I always thought it would be the microbes that would bring the human race down to its knees – but not in my lifetime. Then, never did I think I would witness our democracy chewed up like a dog toy in the mouth of a deranged pit bull- but here we are.
This reminds me of an incident I witnessed as a small child. My father was patching a hole in a wall of our house. It was a substantial hole, at least 6 inches wide. Now how that hole came to be will always be a mystery to me. Was it from a fist? Unlikely. It was probably an electrical fix that needed access through the wall.
Whatever the cause, it left a profound effect on my young mind. Until that time I believed my home to be an invincible fortress, impenetrable through any crisis. Then instantly I realized that it was merely a shell surrounding our family subject to damage beyond our control. Oh, how that fact played out in the future.
I have found through the years that the only real security we have is in our hearts, minds, creativity, and spiritual life. The rest is subject to holes (and sadly, sometimes even some items in that list). Politics will always be a mess. This Covid thing will pass but then it will be something else. This holiday season will be dampened but there is still room for gratitude and love. Here is my shortlist…