So, it looks like I am going to have to come up with
some new excuses for procrastination.
My ‘to do’ list has been altered by the need to stay home.
And now, I am beginning to see,
That the list is not all that has been altered.
The ‘needs’ behind the list have changed, as well.
Some have changed by circumstance,
And some by a dawning realization
That they were really not so urgent to begin with.
So, rather than berate myself,
I am taking a deep breath
And making a different list.
I ask myself,
What stories do I want to be able to tell,
When this is all over?
The new list starts there.
And maybe its a ‘to be’ list
Rather than a ‘to do’ list:
To be the grace I hope to see in the world.
To hold to hope so others can hold on, as well.
To offer kindness, even from a distance.
To let myself be held in the arms of God
Even when other embraces are the virtual kind.
Even in this moment, we look for evidence of love.
That is the story we must tell,
That is the story we must echo with our actions, this day.
That is the story I hold to be most deeply true.