I wanted to share this beautiful gift I received from a calligraphy artist, Cindi Kordell. I did nothing to deserve this; she used her art to create and share her stunning gift with a complete stranger.
I’m sharing it, in turn, to remind us all on days when we are low–and let’s admit we are all bobbing and rising with the news, and loss, and bits of hope, and flashes of light, and anxieties, and longing–on all these days, may we take heart from the truth that the world is drenched in grace. May we take time for gratitude.
The cameras may focus on the noisy, ignorant, and desperate, but outside the scope of the lens, there are hundreds of millions of us working in the world despite the risk: returning to ER’s and ICU’s to save lives and hold the dying; sorting and delivering mail; providing care in nursing facilities; cleaning hospitals and stores and public spaces that must remain open for business; taking time to check-in with neighbors; loving our children; protecting our families; shopping for others; creating art; praying; hoping; and yes, welcoming strangers into our lives without question.
And, speaking of good in the world, in a recent post, I mentioned two young, talented women, on different continents, who asked if they could make films using the poem for the purpose of supporting a Covid-19-related charity. I invited them to work together. They, in turn, joined with other remarkable women around the globe and created this film, making its debut today:
Here is a story about its making and directing viewers to the important support of the UN Women COVID-19 Response: https://andthepeople.net
There are more of us than not, across the globe, offering our gifts to bless the world. And our power is greater than the darkness can dispel.
Take heart; keep sharing the energy of love… and never doubt that we are changing the world by doing so.
“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin