Sunday Evening Reflection – We Are Not Alone

We are not alone.

In the midst of our current unanticipated disruption, humanity has creative ways in which to connect even when there are constraints on our location. Whether it be a wave from across the street, a smile that reaches beyond the two meters of space, a text message, a phone call, or those video conference apps that bring the world to our living rooms.

Today, we celebrated Easter, a time of renewal and revitalization. In my early morning walk, I came upon a rainbow made by children a few days before. Beside the rainbow was a simple message, “You are not alone.” It was a declaration and a promise sent out to every one that passed by to have courage and know that we are facing the challenge together.

Across our global community, rainbows have become a symbol of optimism during the health crisis. They have appeared on sidewalks, in windows, and on sides of buildings.

From our house to yours, I am sending you a rainbow and invitation to join me on my early morning walk.

23 Comments

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Sweet children. Thank God for them. Happy Easter Rebecca.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Happy Happy Easter, Cindy. One of my favourite quotes is about children: “The soul is healed by being with children.” Fyodor Dostoevsky

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  2. Such an inspiring message, Rebecca. Thank you for taking me along on your walk. *hugs* 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I thought of you when I saw the dynamic duo come my way. I especially liked how they drifted apart for a moment for individual introspection (aka finding food) and then came together again. We live in a world that offers us many friendships and kinships. Many hugs returning to you on speedy wings.

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  3. J.D. Riso says:

    This made my heart sparkle. What a simple, but powerful gift this person left for others.💜 Vancouver looks so warm and sunny!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am so glad you joined me on my walk. We live by a city park that continues to provide many hours of enjoyment for children of all ages. There is even a open area for dogs to run off-leash. It is a happy place. I love your thought on “powerful gift” for that is what it was, which reminded me that creativity has been the catalyst for messages that cannot be held back by time and location. I have been thinking a great deal of what is remembered and enters the collective unconscious. The idea of a rainbow, a candle, a fork in the road, a flowing river (loved your Instagram post this morning) are recurring symbols. The sun has appeared in Vancouver! Spring has come. Hugs coming your way.

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  4. Mary Jo Malo says:

    Your beautiful writing and videos are always so refreshing for me. This was one of the very first things I encountered this morning. It feels like walking in a sacred space. The early morning light. The stones with drawings similar to ancient ones. The darling mallard couple, especially when the male decides to rejoin his mate and float away. But more than anything the promise of new life and community are so very inspiring. Thank you always 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I was giving a lot of thought to sacred spaces yesterday, given it was Easter. So, it was serendipitous that you mentioned the idea of sacred spaces in your comment. I believe that we need to create places of respite wherever we are. I was reading an academic article on how nature provides these spaces. Researchers have come to the same conclusion that poets, artists, writers, philosophers etc have known intuitively. Creatives just didn’t give it a economic valuation. Now the economists have chimed in to the conversation. Check out: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-12631-6
      “A conservative global estimate using quality-adjusted life years, a standard measure in health economics, is US$6 trillion p.a. This is an order of magnitude greater than the global value of protected area tourism, and two to three orders greater than global aggregate protected area management agency budgets.” Hugs coming your way.

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    2. Yes, there is something archetypal about the children’s drawings, isn’t there? I particularly liked the mallard’s “shake a tail feather.” It reminded the old rhythm and blues song.

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      1. Clanmother says:

        I agree, Liz. I have a huge watercolor of two whales in the ocean created by my son when he was 11. It has become my treasured artwork.

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  5. Klausbernd says:

    Dear Clanmother,
    thanks a lot for sharing these pictures and writings. I agree with Liz that children’s drawings have an archetypal power. We are amazed, unfortunately, there are living very few children in our village but we see in many windows rainbows painted by children (mostly grandchildren we suppose).
    Stay happy and healthy.
    With big hugs from the small village next to the big sea
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
    ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Every night at 7pm we join others on our individual balconies to clap for our health care and essential services workers. What I enjoy most is the enthusiasm that comes from the children. They go beyond the clapping and have horns, rattles, a guitar, and spoons against pots. We can be heard for miles – even the crows stop by to see what’s happening. The sound lasts about 3 -4 minutes, but during that time, there is a profound recognition that we are still together as a community. Your thoughts on symbolism keep coming back to me. When I saw the rainbow on the rock, I knew that a child was the artist. This knowledge imparted a deep awareness of how symbols speak to our subconscious. Sending lost of love and hugs back across the pond. Take good care, my dear friends, The Fab Four of Cley.

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  6. It is certainly nice to feel connected. Thankfully, blogging does that, too.
    I like your sunny pictures!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      So very very well said, Inese. Our blogging community has learned how to build virtual communities that thrive on the exchange of knowledge and experience. We have also learned how to support and encourage each other. Thank you for stopping by – so very much appreciated. Take good care – stay safe.

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  7. Resa says:

    I seem to have missed Easter, but happy belated! Not that I’m high religious, but it is marked by a family feast. That did not happen, and hubby and I had lentil loaf. Somehow, time is evading me, lately!
    Your video is absolutely gorgeous and peaceful. Thank you, Rebecca!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Interestedly, Easter has an ancient beginning well before the advent of Christianity. It began as a pagan festival celebrating spring in the Northern Hemisphere. To me this celebration symbolizes birth, renewal, death, rebirth, which is embedded in all spiritualities. We may live in a finite existence, but we recognize the possibility of the infinite. I am so glad that you joined me on my walk. Your company always gives me joyful optimism. Hugs coming your way.

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      1. Resa says:

        Love your walks! Hugs back at ya!

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  8. Carolyn Page says:

    Children are such incredible little beings, Rebecca; their joy is certainly infectious!
    Again, your video was beautiful. The ending with the little duck paddling away was truly very sweet…

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you for joining my walk. I appreciate your company. Yes, children understand the world in ways that adults have forgotten. Hugs!

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  9. Ms Frances says:

    I am late reading this lovely post. I love it, the rainbow, the children’s remarks. The little trip in the woods was delightful, the two geese, one coming out of the water to waddle around looking for a little something to eat and then joining the partner to swim off into the beautiful water. Your Sunday Evening Reflections are delightful and encouraging for the week to follow. Thank you for taking the time to share, they are valuable.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am so very glad that you enjoyed this post. It was a lovely late afternoon/early evening walk, the best time to go out for taking photos. I love the mellow light that makes the earth glow before night comes.

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  10. And I am sending them back, my special lady.

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