Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.
Over the weekend, my daughter and I had the opportunity to drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We traveled through a section with several tunnels that cut through thick, old mountains. As we approached each one, my child would ask, “Is this the long tunnel?” We wouldn’t know, however, until we were inside in the dark and unable to detect light from either end.
Even with headlights, being in the middle of a long, unlit tunnel can be a bit unnerving. You drive a bit more cautiously. You await an approaching vehicle or a shaft of light indicating you are almost to the end.
You are aware.
You are not concerned with what you left behind you at the entrance, and you can’t know what waits for you upon exit. You simply live in the moment with a heightened sense of who and where you are in that space at that time.
May we all live in the day-to-day with that awareness of who and where we are on this journey.