"Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life."
- John Muir
Early this month, before Covid-19 was a concern here, I was on a walk in one of the natural areas in the city. I kept on noticing, over and over, pairs of trees that felt like thresholds. I wondered why that might be. Was there a threshold that lay ahead that I needed to cross?
Little could I ever have imagined then what this month would hold. It indeed feels like we all have crossed a threshold into a new way of life.
A new reality.
A new way of understanding just how interconnected we all are.
A new level of vulnerability.
As unsettling as these times are, perhaps we are at a threshold to a new way of life. How will this crisis change us? As much as we probably all long to go back to the way things were, that is not possible. The only way ahead is to go through this together. When we come out the other side, we will have changed, and life will look different.
- Wendy Janzen
Reflections, poetry, prayers, photos, and resources written by Wendy Janzen unless otherwise noted.