The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved – loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. – Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
One positive spin-off from this pandemic is that I am almost ‘forced’ to devote time to sorting through, sifting through, and clearing a lifetime’s accumulation of things. Not that we are planning to move, or even to renovate, but these days of confinement are conducive to such tasks – especially when the ongoing drought means that gardening is not a healthy or worthwhile option! Among the mundane have been some interesting and serendipitous finds. Take the quotation from Victor Hugo above: this is so appropriate at a time when we are socially isolated and have to rely on electronic means of communication; when we cannot see our loved ones in the flesh or give them a hug.
Then, only a day or two later I found this poem slipped between papers in a file I was about to toss into the black garbage bag. Actually, it caught my eye when it floated out and landed face up on my study floor:
I think “And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans” is particularly appropriate during this uncertain period in our lives, as is “And you learn that you really can endure … that you really are strong”. So many of us have had to endure so much, yet we know that we must make the most of what we have and keep looking towards that uncertain future with a positive frame of mind.