I’m joining in with a group of writers for Five Minute Friday where we’re given a prompt (this week it’s BEYOND) and write for five minutes about it.
It’s one of those words with subtle nuances in meaning, depending on whether it’s used as a preposition, adverb, or noun. This morning, I’m considering it in terms of something “out there”. Something yet to come. As in “when we move beyond the pandemic”.
And it fits with my early morning musing about perspective, and how we need a bit of distance in order to see things clearly. When we’re too close to something for too long, our vision becomes distorted, our focus fixed. We don’t see the larger story.
So too if we’re only “big picture” people. Details slip by unnoticed and untended to. We’ve all experienced consequences of ignored detail.
The truth about life is that there is an ebb and a flow. A big picture and one seen only on closer examination. Life in the time of Corona and life beyond it.
And—dare I say—there is truth and beauty and wisdom in both facets of the same thing. The challenge is not to be too focused on the elusive beyond that we don’t appreciate the now; and not too focused on present trials that we lose the gift of hope.
This year, when broken down to its bones, is not all that different from other struggles we’ve faced and come through, except that the whole world is groaning and going through it at the same time. That’s powerful in effect, but also in truth if we pay attention.
(My Friday’s Fave Five post is up on my other blog.)