In the new world ahead, resist the siren call of the old – Orange County Register

Things are opening up, and we may have a strong desire to let go of all our caution. It can be a great temptation.

In ancient Greek mythology, there is a story about the Sirens who lived on an island and sang their song to tempt the sailors in the passing ships. If the sailors followed the song, their ship would crash upon the rocks.

The siren call of the longing for the way life used to be, the security and comfort we think that provided, may tempt us to try to make the world return to these times. We may let the yearning for “normal” pull us into doing something with undesirable results. It can be challenging to wait, but even more now because our future is so unknown.

We can resist the siren call of impatience and instead focus on what we have learned or gained from this disruption. Patience is our inner strength to respond, resist, adjust and thrive. Patience doesn’t mean to be passive or resigned to our situation. It is an emotionally freeing practice of waiting, watching and knowing when to act.

Author Henry Miller wrote, “A new world is not made simply by trying to forget the old. A new world is made with a new spirit.”

What a great opportunity to ask ourselves, “What feeds my deepest spirit?” “What is the truest, most beautiful life I can imagine?”

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman said: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

We can make this new world old again, or we can create new ways of interacting and find our way into a whole new world. So, make sure you are feeding your mind with positive things that are going to help your life, not take away from it.

Look at what the siren’s call is for you. Be guided by what feeds your deepest spirit, and sail into the unknown with patience.

The Rev. Linda McNamar is a Laguna Woods Village resident.


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