I have noticed that during this pandemic, there is an ebb and flow to the attention we must give to Covid-19. We face a change, settle in for the ‘long haul,’ and then we are faced with another change. Those are the times when heightened feelings are up and you can feel a palpable shift in anxiety. With children returning to school in the next couple of weeks, we are in such a state. Decisions have to be made, differing opinions flood social media; we feel braced for the numbers to go up.
I came across this poem by Albert Camus that gives us a reminder about the strength we have within ourselves:
In the midst of hate, I found there was
within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was,
within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was,
within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that in
the midst of winter, I found there was,
within me, and invincible summer.
And that makes me happy.
For it says that no matter how hard
the world pushes against me,
within me, there’s something stronger –
something better, pushing right back.
– Albert Camus
The world these days often feels as though it is pushing against us. With our invincibility, we can push back 🙂
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