Thoughts on Ukraine and How We Live our Lives

As we watch events unfolding in Ukraine, it has rightly stirred up a storm of emotions for many of us that change day-to-day.  Today was certainly no different, as I watched the heartbreaking video that Ukrainian President Zelensky shared with our members of Congress.

I found a poem years ago that I review periodically, and the words today seemed to speak to me, both in terms of how I hope to live my own life, as well the inspiration I see in the lives and struggles of the heroic people in Ukraine. See what you think of it:

I will not die an unlived life

I will not live in fear

of falling or catching fire. 

I choose to inhabit my days,

to allow my living to open me,

to make me less afraid,

more accessible;

to loosen my heart

until it becomes a wing,

a torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my significance,

to live so that which came to me as seed

goes to the next as blossom,

and that which came to me as blossom,

goes on as fruit.

by Dawna Markova