Thank you for joining us for this Lenten journey. Happy Easter!
17. Hope Is Not a Bird, Emily, It’s a Sewer Rat by Caitlin Seida
Hope is not the thing with feathers
That comes home to roost
When you need it most.
Hope is an ugly thing
With teeth and claws and
Patchy fur that’s seen some shit.
It’s what thrives in the discards
And survives in the ugliest parts of our world,
Able to find a way to go on
When nothing else can even find a way in.
It’s the gritty, nasty little carrier of such diseases as
Perseverance and joy,
Transmissible as it drags its tail across your path
bites you in the ass.
Hope is not some delicate, beautiful bird,
It’s a lowly sewer rat
That snorts pesticides like they were
Lines of coke and still
Shows up on time for work the next day
Looking no worse for wear.
“May we find the courage to revel in the experience of the mystery.
May we approach the unknown with excitement (even if we can only muster a tiny bit).
May we celebrate the curiosity that leads to searching.
May we meet ourselves along the way and love us, unapologetically.
Amen.” – Revel in the Mystery by Ali K.C. Bell
Flower Power by Gary Kowalski
“Accountability is essential to personal growth, as well as team growth. How can you improve if you’re never wrong? If you don’t admit a mistake and take responsibility for it, you’re bound to make the same one again.” – Pat Summitt
“We say stuff that sounds like accountability in places that aren’t designed for it and we neglect to nurture the relationships where it could be transforming our lives.” – Val Marie Paper