Notes From The Furlough: Day 19

There is a thread that runs through us all. It is divine. We are one small part of the weaving of creation.

Please discuss. How does this play out in life?

I’ll start us out. It is easy to get wrapped up in personal concerns in these days of social distancing. There are more and different pressures on us; we have bountiful unstructured time in which to fret; we’re missing the in-person sounding boards of family and friends.

The combination could easily result in thinking it’s all about me. The news will remind me of the overwhelming number of people affected by COVID-19, many more seriously than me. My worries seem small by comparison. Even this viewpoint is limited in that the virus is largely only impacting one species, on one planet, in one solar system, in one galaxy out of the countless galaxies in creation. If I choose to expand my awareness—through meditation for me, it might be prayer or communing with nature for you—the scope of my personal issues is put in perspective. Creation as a whole if just fine, perfect, and divine. My worries are minuscule and fleeting by comparison, and I can relax into the greater truth that all is well.

How about you? How do you put your concerns and worries into perspective?