This week's message from Dr. Deborah
Well, here we are already almost halfway into August. I don’t know about you, but for me, time itself has taken on a very slippery character since we’ve been immersed in this cultural change and dislocation due to the Covid situation and world predicaments!
I've been reflecting on this aspect of time. Back in the spring (during the early days of the pandemic), I was certainly hopeful that we’d be back to some form of “in person” spiritual community services by this fall. However, in light of our current situation in regards to the virus, especially locally here in Kelowna, it seems I may have been overly optimistic. (Just to keep everyone in the know, our plan going forward is to continue offering a virtual service for our global congregation, as we want to ensure a healthy, growing community.)
Thinking about us not being physically together in the close, foreseeable future, I’ve been reflecting on my options. I can be sad, because I sure miss everyone and I really miss our Sundays together, hugging, singing and being close (and I am sad). I can be angry, rail against the virus and say “it’s not fair that it’s taken away how we’ve always done things at the Centre for Spiritual Living Kelowna” (and I am angry). Or I can say “Wow! I wonder what’s next?” and create a sense of gratitude for a force for good that is creating dramatic change in our world, creating a pathway for our powerful teaching, the Science of Mind, to reach ever more people than would be possible in physical buildings (and I am also grateful!)
In an article about how Centres are moving forward into their futures in meaningful and healthy ways, it said:
“What’s happened so far in the crisis isn’t innovation, it's adaptation. Most of the innovation lies ahead.”
I can’t express how grateful I am that each of you reading this is part of our “what’s next”!
Stay tuned to Happy Monday next week, where I’ll expand my thoughts about how we get there. I’m delighted and grateful that we’re in this together!
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
— Thích Nhất Hạnh
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