Sacred celebration* is essential, especially amidst the ruins.
Yes, there is pain.
Yes, there is grief.
Yes, there is rage and despair.
But look around. Who is there with you? Who is helping you keep your head above water? Who is treading water next to you, far from the safety of shore, out in the deep end of life?
The deep end is where life gets juicy. The shallow end is known. It is comfortable. But when you push off and wade or dive or plunge into the deep end, that’s when you grow. That’s when you become who you are meant to be.
And when you look around, eyes wide open you’ll see that you belong to everyone and everyone belongs to you.
We belong to each other.
We belong to the earth.
We belong to our ancestors.
We are each other.
Our hearts belong to each other.
So, the sacred celebration happens each time we recognize this essential truth.
I hold you in my heart.
You hold me in yours.
And I am grateful.
* Inspired by the prayer written by Thomas Banyacya Sr.