Emotions on the Move
Emotions on the Move
Dearest Family and Friends
I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to be back with you all. Our time away in South Africa was amazing! Yes, we saw things we had never seen before, learnt so many new things – but what truly made it amazing was the gift of reconnecting with family and friends. It is our relationships with those we love that are what life is truly about. My mom and dad are as beautiful and generous as always. Our children have grown and matured over the last 2 years in ways that make me so proud of each of them. My God children and foster children continue to be the blessing they always have been to me, and I am so proud of who they have become. And off course, little Hannah is an angel!! The day before we left South Africa I could not stop crying – leaving was so hard. My heart felt torn apart. 36 hours later as we landed in Washington I was exhausted – but as we arrived in Rochester I felt excitement. I couldn’t wait to see family and friends here.
Why do I tell you all this? Because in a period of 2 days I experienced such a diverse set of deep emotions. As I come back to work I am more aware of just how many emotions we as human beings feel. How intense those emotions can be – but also how emotions come and go. The Psalmist says sadness may spend the night, but joy comes in the morning. We need to be careful to not think any emotion is going to be permanent – always with us. Grief, loneliness, depression, exhaustion – they are real – but they are not here for ever. Joy, laughter, excitement – neither do these last forever.
We cannot define our lives and who we are by the transitory emotions that move through our hearts and minds. Instead we can learn from them, ask them what it is they are wishing to teach us, and then let them be.
I would like to end with a poem from Rumi 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.
With love always,