Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience. I’ve been thinking about this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote lately. It seems to fit our current situation of staying home and biding our time.
I consider myself to be both an optimistic and a realist. I look on the bright side of things while balancing my expectations with a dose of practicality. As much as I pray everything is back to normal in 17 days, I won’t be buying an Easter bonnet this year.
I’ve probably not worn an Easter bonnet since this picture from 1965 or so. But you know what I mean.
Yes, our health crisis has quickly morphed into a financial crisis. Within less than two weeks, so many people have lost their jobs. The unemployment rate will skyrocket. Businesses have already begun to close, possibly permanently. Without businesses, employees won’t have jobs to go back to. It’s the chicken and the egg notion, a conundrum as old as time.
No matter how much we want it to be different, we can’t wish it or command it away. We can’t say it and make it so.
What we can do is pray about it; we can be kind and respectful and committed to helping one another. We can follow the advice of the medical community, do what we can to boost our local businesses and help the struggling members of our towns.
We can learn from this and come out on the other side as stronger people.
“Why is patience so important?”
“Because it makes us pay attention.”
“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”
“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
“Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it.”
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
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