What silver linings have I discovered so far?
I have been reticent to reboot Ponder Effect, though I think a sacred space for collective sharing surely has its place and purpose in this COVD-19 world. There is so much coming into our inboxes these days, and I loathe for this to be another thing waiting there, ominously, for you to in some way have to “do.” If you feel like that, hit delete on this and keep on trucking. No hard feelings whatsoever.
If, however, you are craving a forum of honesty…if you are needing prompts to help you process all this…if you are feeling called to self-reflection but don’t exactly know how or don’t feel like you have the time…then perhaps this place will serve you.
So much insight has already been expressed about this “unprecedented” time. (Though not actually unprecedented, it is for us, and things will never be the same after this.) There is no going back to “normal” as we knew it, though what awaits us we can’t yet say. We’re in it too deep right now to know where and how we will come out. Regardless, truths have surfaced: We, as a society, are being given the opportunity for a spiritual reboot that we so desperately needed. Collective suffering is the surest path to collective love–not a new teaching but one that many of us are being forced to experience firsthand for the first time. Technology, which has posed so many problems for us, is now helping pull us through.
And so here we are, using it. The question for this week is a simple one: What silver linings have I discovered so far?
This question is not intended to paint the pain we are experiencing with false optimism. It does not undermine the fear, the anxiety, the despair. What it seeks to do is train our gaze on the shining edges. By orienting ourselves toward the light and by sharing where we are finding that light, we can hold one another up with hope and gratitude.
Your silver linings: what are they? How have they impacted you?