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Forgiveness

Forgiveness is to let go of our hope for a different past, write Richard Rohr in his book Breathing Under Water. “It is what it is, and such acceptance leads to great freedom.”

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Love and wisdom and compassion

In 1968, after the death of Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy told the nation: “What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness.” What we need, Kennedy said, is “love and wisdom […]

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Drink and be whole

Poetry helps me when I feel stressed or anxious. Recently—I can’t remember where or when—I heard someone quoting Robert Frost. “Here are your waters and your watering place. Drink and be whole again beyond confusion.” I like the message. What makes me feel less stressed and less anxious? A poem. A walk. A phone conversation […]

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Peace and hope

Let there be peace and hope and joy at Easter-time.

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Take a break

My husband Jerry read me another article about how long this virus crisis may last and how our lives may be changed forever. “Stop,” I told him. “I don’t want to hear it.” I will stay informed, but I am going to take a break now and then from all of the depressing news. –Joy

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Take a walk

I am continuing my early morning walks—without stops to talk to my neighbors, the ones I see every morning because they are regular walkers, too. Of course, we can yell to each other from across the street. While I can’t go out to eat with a friend or even go to the bookstore, it’s is […]

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Peace and uncertainty

My husband Jerry and I are now self-quarantined in our home with food for several weeks and plenty of books to read and closets to clean. Still, I keep feeling anxious about all of the uncertainty. And, what about my son Jay’s May wedding? And, why am I worrying about a wedding when some people […]

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Waking dreamers

Edward Wilson, the biologist, explained why we sometimes feel stressed. “Humanity today,” Wilson said, “is like a waking dreamer, caught between the fantasies of sleep and the chaos of the real world. The mind seeks but cannot find the precise place and hour. We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval […]

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Go easy, and be filled with light

The poet Mary Oliver speaks to me when I feel stressed. Here are lines from her poem “When I Am Among the Trees.” Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.” The light flows from their branches. And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say, “and you, too, have come […]

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Make friends a priority

Lydia Denworth, author of Friendship: The Evolution, Biology and Exraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond, says that writing her book made her “prioritize” her friends more. “The message is not that I want people to think of friendship as another chore,” she explains. “I am hoping that people feel this is giving them permission to […]

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