Yesterday evening when I watched the lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, it wasn’t dark here yet.
So I placed a candle where I could see it from where I was sitting and watched the ceremony.
“Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.” – Gary Zukav
I sat here and silently cried during the whole thing, which I think was about an hour.
Few words were spoken, which was appropriate. Because it was about the people we’ve lost that no longer have a voice.
When the lights came on my heart lifted a little.
“Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people’s souls.” – Melody Beattie
There are already over 400,000 families out there grieving.
They say by mid-February there are likely to be 500,000 dead in the US alone. In one year. In one unbelievable year.
There are so many trying to come to grips with losing a loved one. Who are torn apart inside because they could not even sit and hold their hand.
There was no one there to see them to the other side.
“Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.”― Marianne Williamson
And so I watched the short ceremony with a sense of hope as the lights lit up the darkening sky.
“In time, in time they tell me, I’ll not feel so bad. I don’t want time to heal me. There’s a reason I’m like this. I want time to set me ugly and knotted with loss of you, marking me. I won’t smooth you away. I can’t say goodbye.” ― China Miéville
A couple of days ago I saw this video on Twitter. It depicts a Trader Joe’s store in Oregon, where a manager is trying to keep a group of unmasked people out of the store. They fight him in every way.
You can see elderly people leaving the store, masked, and looking on in bewilderment and fear.
When I watched it I just kept thinking: Why?
Below is the video.
Video of Trader Joe’s manager telling an unmasked group they can’t go inside. It has gone viral.
“A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare to the jeweled vision of a life started anew.” ― Aberjhani