What I’m hearing from people is that the uncertainty of this time is what’s creating the most difficulty. As much as we would like to know, to control, and to plan our lives so that they work out in a way that creates more security and ease, we can’t. Life will always be impermanent and therefore always uncertain. We never really know what’s coming next and sometimes the best and most courageous thing we can do is put one foot in front of the other and keep breathing. The power of learning to live a mindful life is to embrace this truth as much as possible and live in the moment with some future planning that you hold loosely.
Rumi wrote a poem called The Guest House:
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
May we all be at peace today.