Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote to commemorate Paul Revere's ride, a poem that lives as a clear vision into the birth of a nation and our glorious past. The beauty of the poem, among many attributes, specifically enshrines today, April 18th, as the night Paul Revere rode to warn, "The British are coming".
"Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year."
The poem goes on to talk about, "One, if by land, and two, if by sea". Warning the colonists that the British were coming was the purpose of this historic ride.
I remember this poem regurgitated by my second grade elementary teacher during a colonial history lesson. Exciting, the thought of waking a populace to come together as one to protect the sovereignty of the colonies.
Fast forward to today. Wouldn't it be nice to have a shinning voice that everyone trusted to come to our aid to alleviate the anxiety so many feel during these uncertain times. Even a plan that would bring us safely back to our routine while enriching our appreciation for what we have and whom we care about.
Perhaps we can focus on the beautiful and yet fleeting experiences we have cherished from the past. Our child's birth, a graduation, a marriage, for some a divorce, a job we look forward to going back to (never thought I'd say that), a concert that transcended music, a meal that transcended food, and a wine that etched a varietal and vintage into our memory.
The beauty of all of this is the simple things we're getting back to (that many have forgotten), which slowly is connecting us with what's really important:
I see more people walking
I see more people taking pictures of the beauty that surrounds us
I see more people engaged in their passion for hobbies lost in the minutia of routine
I see more people taking the time to prepare wonderful meals at home
I see more people connecting with each other
And most importantly... I see more people caring for others across barriers that were invisible to begin with.
In all circumstances we can look at the positive or the negative which speaks volumes of whom we are and how we view the world we live in. Just a chiropractic adjustment elevated by the positive books we read (Deepak Chopra, Og Mandino, and others), and the people we associate with.
Please take the best of what we're experiencing and build on the most important aspect of humanity... giving, caring for each other, our environment, and the beauty we so often overlook in ourselves and those we surround ourselves with.
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