mMusings by President Jim – “Grab Joy!” (April 13, 2020)

April 15, 2020 ~ James Brenneman

Easter Monday seems like the perfect time to stop and grab some joy out of life: joy for that baby born just minutes ago. And yes, we know juxtaposed with our joy, another child just now mourns her father’s death to COVID-19. On this Easter Monday, for today, at least, if not once or twice every day, let’s not let death have the last word. The poet Mary Oliver, when it comes to even one ounce of joy says, “Don’t Hesitate.” Grab it and go!

“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happens better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.”    — Mary Oliver  

Amen! Ashe!