Today is a beautiful autumn day.  I think of pumpkins ripening in the fields, gathering sunlight, nourishing seeds even as there is that huge open space inside.

I’m with these words of Joseph Campbell:

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

What resilience and trust that requires, and yet there is an energy to it too.  What comes now as the light changes inside and out.  As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.

And in these staggeringly complex times, Jimmy Carter guides us with his words: 

“A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It is a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.”

And with that, a return to Hafiz:

I wish I could show you,

When you are lonely or in darkness,

The Astonishing Light

Of your own Being!

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