Last night, when the house got to be a little too much for me, I did what I’m learning to do, go out for a short walk alone. There was a beautiful halo around the moon. I couldn’t capture it on my camera, but the image to the right is close. Jupiter was actually inside the halo, very bright.
The line “There’s a ring around the moon tonight, and a chill in the air” came to me, because it fit the scene perfectly. That the opening to the song “In The Passage” by Dan Fogelberg. I hadn’t listened to it in years, but it came right back from that image. The refrain goes:
In the passage from the cradle to the grave, We are born, madly dancing, Rushing headlong through the crashing of the days, We run on and on without a backwards glance
She certainly madly danced through her days, but she did look backwards often. She did it the way a skater does before a jump, getting her bearings to make sure she was pointed in the right direction to land it. Then she closed her eyes and leapt forward.
That’s the trick I need to learn from her this year. There is no going back to the past, but it is always there as a reference point for us. Those memories can help us chart a course on the journey ahead, and give us the courage to risk the next leap.