“Do not be afraid”


It’s written over and over again in the Bible. ‘Do not be afraid.’ Said, channelled, reiterated throughout. I think it should be a commandment. (Perhaps some amendments are in order. After all, the times are a-changin’.)

An interesting Covid observation/inspiration: those I know that have the most reason to be scared right now, are the most even and optimistic. Conservative and cautious for sure, but also self-assured; quietly observing and accepting limited new norms, and appreciative of precious moments that have come out of Covid.  Seriously cool.

I spent a couple hours waterfront yesterday with a friend, who, because of a compromised immune system, hadn’t been out in five months. He was full of joy… recounting childhood stories, reflecting, appreciating, and engaging children passing by.  “Life feels so normal here,” he said, and it did. People were letting go- living responsibly-  but not from a place of fear.  It felt healthy and right to be there.

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Yesterday was a good day to be alive. (So is today!) The beach is a wonderful place to witness that.

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Jen Pen

    Hello Family,
    This message is probably a “singing to the choir” moment.
    Yesterday at a Bluff lake entrance soooo many adults were NOT wearing masks as they spoke to the two teens taking down phone numbers for a wait list to enter said beachside heaven.
    Why does a teen have to be in danger like that just so someone may go to a beach???
    I wrote the park district and village.
    Not impressed. 😷

    Love you blog E. Happy for you friend who got some outside joy on a beach IN A MASK! 💙

  2. BA

    Jump in

  3. Catherine

    Go Elliott!

  4. Richard

    …don’t be afraid

  5. Julie

    Inspired, once again, by Elinor’s post: “Don’t Be afraid….Yesterday was a good day to be alive. (So is today!).” It reminded me of Travis Tritt’s song, “ It’s a Great Day to Be Alive.” Tritt’s lyrics brought my family much needed light in some of our darkest days. And every time I hear Tritt’s song (or phrases like it) I’m brought back in time…reminded the sun shines and then again rises every morning on a new day with new light. I am not afraid to navigate uncertainty ahead. And I am remembering to sing…to dance…to smile …’cuz sometimes that is all it takes to right things up on dark days. Perhaps we all have “that” song — a transformational reference in time — like Dr. Tom’s, “Hokey Pokey” reference or Dr. Matt’s, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy walk-up song” or Rev. Sean’s, “Church walk-up song.” Songs stamp our hearts and often lift us up when we need it most. Cheers to uplifting music! Cheers to living life! Grateful for family, friends and pets. Grateful for community. Grateful for the crazy-fun things we do together in this journey of life. Sometimes you just have to “do it!” It IS a great day to be alive!

  6. Mollie

    Day 20 Lake Bluff beach north end

    After the rain & wind storm I thought for sure the waves would be ferocious, and surprisingly they were some of the calmest I’ve experienced in the past 20 days. And something about the storm ending must’ve brought people out en masse – so many walkers, beach go-ers, and sunset watchers! I had furry friends to swim with (see video) that made me smile. And my faithful four-legged cinematographer was as happy as a dog on a beach.

    The saying that after every storm comes a rainbow kept going through my head and while I didn’t see a rainbow I had one in my heart!

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