Beauty in a troubled times …

As anyone who’s been following me knows, I haven’t blogged in a long while. Honestly, I haven’t been inspired. But a friend just sent me a poem Anderson Cooper (a CNN anchor for those unfamiliar with him) read on air last week. It was written by Brother Richard Hendrick. It made me tear up, it gave me goosebumps and it reminded me that despite what we are all going through — all the suffering and uncertainty and fear — there is still beauty in this world and there is still a lot to be grateful for:

Lockdown by Brother Richard Hendrick

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,

March 13th 2020


47 thoughts on “Beauty in a troubled times …

    • Isn’t it? I keep reading it over and over again. Thanks Donna!! Maybe I’ll get back into blogging. Can’t say I have no time, can I? Good to “talk” to you. You stay safe too.

    • You’re more than welcome Monica. I keep reading and reading it. It is just so beautiful and meaningful. And true ❤️

  1. Yes Fransi, this was shared on this side of the pond last week, powerful. And it gave you the opportunity to mix and mingle so a little miracle performed also!!! Hope your safe and well with a well stocked larder, mind how you go.

    • I so agree Claire. It gives me hope. I think this is an important moment that will change the world for the better. .

    • Thank you Joe. Yes, I am staying safe at home like so many others and praying that they will get a handle on this soon and no more lives will be lost. I hope you and your family are well and staying safe.

  2. Fransi! There you are!

    For me, the poem epitomizes the silver lining in current situation. Yup, people are frightened and acting scared and hoarding and taking advantage but there are others who are rallying and volunteering and praying.

    Be well, m’dear. I hope you enjoy the spring sun and the bird song you can hear now that the traffic noises no longer drown it out.

    • Maggie, I’m glad you also like the poem. And yes, while this tragedy is bringing out the worst in some, we are also seeing so many rise to the occasion. We have an opportunity for a re-set and I hope we, as a society, seize it. Yesterday it was sub arctic here but Spring is on its way and for now it seems I will be enjoying its sights and sounds from the safety of my balcony. Hope you are well. Stay safe!

  3. You will live a long time…..Unrelated to this article, you came to mind earlier today and by chance I happened across this blog….WOW! Good to see you digitally and are keeping safe and sane through these troubled times.

    • So great to hear from you Mark! Hope you and your family are ok and staying safe. What are you up to these days? When this is behind us I’d love to get together for a proper catch up. It’s been too long.

    • My feelings of tiredness of it all and sympathy and sadness for those ill and those that have perished have overwhelmed me. Why are the Gods so angry with us.

      On Sat., Apr. 4, 2020, 9:40 a.m. 365 And Counting, wrote:

      > America On Coffee commented: “Fear comes with a lot of other emotions. And > when evil in the world is the suspect, feelings become a bit crazy!” >

      • I know, the stories are just heart-wrenching and draining. I can’t watch the News without crying. When you see reporters and news anchors crying on TV it is quite a jolt. Oh, I think we know why they’re angry with us. We have been very, very bad. We have abused the planet and each other for way too long and it’s really out of control. We’ve become insanely greedy and callous. Corruption rules and it didn’t start with Trump although it certainly picked ip speed and became much more apparent. There have been warnings and we’ve ignored them and increased our assault on the values and principles that made us who we used to be before we lost our way. We needed a rude awakening and we got one. Now let’s hope we get the message, learn the lesson and re-set. If we don’t we are doomed.

      • Sadly and with tears I agree. I think the Earth is crying out to All Souls. Let’s be better. Let’s care for our Mother Earth. Trump is a symptom but not the cause.everyone look into your heart and soul and reach out to each other. Hands across the universe.

        On Sat., Apr. 4, 2020, 10:03 a.m. 365 And Counting, wrote:

        > fransiweinstein commented: “I know, the stories are just heart-wrenching > and draining. I can’t watch the News without crying. When you see reporters > and news anchors crying on TV it is quite a jolt. Oh, I think we know why > they’re angry with us. We have been very, very bad. We have ” > Respond to this comment by replying above this line > > New comment on *365 And Counting > * > > > > *fransiweinstein* commented > > on Beauty in a troubled times … > . > > > in response to *kayizzard120gmailcom*: > > My feelings of tiredness of it all and sympathy and sadness for those ill > and those that have perished have overwhelmed me. Why are the Gods so angry > with us.

  4. so pleased to see you here. I had to search a while to find your post as I didn’t see it in my Reader feed. Let’s hope we have learnt from this and make an effort to change our actions for the future. Caryl

    • So nice to hear from you, Caryl, and thanks for taking the time to look for me. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged and I miss the friends I’ve made here. Yes, I agree, I too hope this experience teaches us something and we come out of this better humans than we were beforeI have always believed that nothing happens by chance and there is a reason for everything — and this is not an exception. Take care and stay safe.

    • Joe, what a lovely surprise!! So good to hear from you and thank you so much for checking up on me. I miss your posts as well. I am all right, thanks, just haven’t been inspired and, of course, for pretty much the last 6 months I’ve been living in a socially-distanced bubble at home — having what I need delivered — trying not to succumb to 12-hours a day of news. What about you? How are you and your family doing? Hope you are all well, staying safe and healthy. What a time we are living in!!! Who could have, who would have imagined??!!

      • Fransi, thank you for writing back. I am glad that you are keeping well. We all are fine and mostly staying indoors – following simple deeds of constant hand washing, social distancing, wearing a mask outdoors, etc. The groceries, etc are door delivered and we keep quite a bit of extra supplies in the house. The virus is cunning. A wolf may change its hair, but never it’s skin. You never know when and how this pandemic can strike at us. Pls stay in touch. Thank you. Jo

      • Yes, I am doing the same Joe and I will keep in touch. And please keep in touch with me. Stay safe and well.

  5. Wow, this post really hits the nail on the head. The poem is really inspiring and was a nice read. I especially like the part about prayer, because it reminds me of God. I like to think of God at all times, but during times like these, it means that much more. God understands everything that we are going through and he shines his light for us. And although we live in a world of trials and tribulations, even the Bible says it. The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you”.

    However, God says in Isaiah 41:10
    “So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.

    God thinks of us all the time and now is no exception.
    For anyone hurting and in need of someone to speak to, I would strongly advise that you speak to God. God is the best friend that anyone can have. He is a father, a friend, and a creator.

    I have a post that can help you here:

    May God bless you, Amen. 🙂

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