Don’s open heart and gentle question leads me back to Governor Cuomo’s on Sunday: How are you—really? I’d like to open that up to anyone who wants to share a sentence or two (or more) about how you’re really doing right now. It keeps changing and it’s a question worth visiting and revisiting. Please email me with your thoughts, and let me know if you’re all right with my publishing your name or if you’d prefer initials.
Can I allow this moment?
by Don Snow, Lynnwood, Washington
While watching the Governor Cuomo press conference in juxtaposition with the news of the day dealing with Trump’s demands that the Justice Department investigate President Obama and Vice President Biden, I became very anxious.
Silently, I asked myself, “Can I allow this moment to be as it is?” As I sat there with the TV on, the anxiety faded, I shuddered, my eyes watered and a tear rolled down my cheek. I am grateful to whoever gave me the sentence, “Can I allow this moment to be as it is?” The question remains unanswered.
I received this in an email after writing the above.
No longer forward nor behind I look in hope or fear;
but, grateful, take the good I find, the best of now and here…
And so the shadows fall apart, and so the west winds play;
and all the windows of my heart I open to the day.
(John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807 – 1892)