The birds they sang at the break of day
Start again I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what has passed away
or what is yet to be
The words of ‘Anthem,’ by Leonard Cohen, about hope and hopelessness, stops me in my tracks every time I hear it. The paradox of it all is a gut wrenching and humane way to remind us, that in brokenness, light will eventually shine through. The lesson here is to accept ourselves exactly how we are, and to accept life, exactly as it is.
It calls us to forgive, let go and gently permits us to start again no matter how battered and broken we are. If ever there is a time, we collectively need a little encouragement, it has to be now. If ever there is a time we need to feel strong and resourceful, it has to be now. Now is the only time we have.