Many of us have seen the poem below circulating online. As essential therapists and clinicians scrambling to overhaul our usual practices, we have not experienced the same quiet and free time the author describes. Still, the themes of renewal and fresh perspective are evident at every turn. The stress, struggle, and limitations of our current circumstances are very real, but so are the positives springing up all around: solidarity, empathy, flexibility, discovery, creativity, resilience, gratitude, community.
And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and
rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and
learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more
deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met
their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in
ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth
began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together
again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and
dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the
earth fully, as they had been healed.
~ Kitty O’Meara, 2020