The sun rises in spite of everything
and the far cities are beautiful and bright.
I lie here in a riot of sunlight
watching the day break and the clouds flying.
Everything is going to be all right.
—Derek Mohan from “Everything Is Going To Be All Right”
When life looks dark, I want reassurance that things will get better and everything will be okay. This poem reminds me to take a deep breath and look around. There are as many signs for optimism as there are for being pessimistic. Despite my fear that the sky is falling, a new day dawns and life continues as before. And that life is beautiful, if I take the time to notice it, and is available to everyone.
We may not get to experience the “far cities” of the future, but we can be confident that that future exists and will come about if we continue to offer our best and share our gifts. When we focus on what’s wrong, it’s tempting to get caught up in a scarcity model of hoarding resources and isolating ourselves from suspect “others.” The solution is to believe that that bright future of abundance already exists and is brought about by seeing the good.
This is my last post after almost two years of writing a weekly inspirational thought. I started this blog when I quit teaching regular yoga classes as a way to stay connected to my students and continue to share my “thought of the week.” Many of you have told me how much these blogs mean to you and that they are a wonderful way to start your week. Thank you for that and for traveling with me during this time. You can always revisit these blogs on my website (www.wisemoves.info/blog). And, no matter what happens right now, remember that everything is going to be all right. Wishing you all the best—