The Great Realisation.
There is a delightful clip during the internet rounds at present. Presented by Tom Foolery, it shows a father telling a bedtime story, The Great Realisation, to his children (See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw0JDJUu548 ). In it, he recounts how we got into the present mess and some of the things we came to appreciate and treasure during this weird time.
It set me to thinking of what I have come to realise and appreciate during this time of isolation. Firstly, the sacredness of the present moment. Yes, I have known this but somehow it has become more vivid. It is only in the present moment we can show love, offer acts of kindness, do the deed that needs to be done, pray. Future intentions don’t count. It is in the present moment that we practice contemplation: wonder at the face of a child, the beauty of a sunrise, the kindness of strangers. Only in this moment, can we become mystics.
Secondly, I realise the amazing commitment of our nation to the care of the elderly and those with compromised health – those with one or two ailments that make them vulnerable to this virus. At heart, all the restrictions are to ensure that our medical system doesn’t get overwhelmed so that ALL will have access to the treatment they need. That is, we are practicing these restrictions so that people like me, two of my siblings and many of your grandparents are safe. And for that, I thank you. Not all countries have made that commitment, and their elderly and weak have suffered for it. But our nation has largely embraced the sacrifice that we needed. It is an amazing act of practical compassion that has come at great cost for many of you. It makes me proud and grateful to belong to such a nation.
Now, what about you? Tom Foolery states that Hindsight is 2020. What realisations from this time will you share with your grandchildren in decades to come?
Loving Father in this difficult time there is wisdom to be learnt. Send your wise Spirit so that we may realise what is truly important in our lives and we may embrace it with our whole hearts. We ask this in Jesus’ name, confident that you will hear us.
Sr Kym Harris osb