My years have taught me that eating the last of the Easter candy
marks a return to normal,
to the next season of gardening and preparing for the arrival of summer,
but though the weather may change,
this year, this time, return to normal is impossible.
My years have also taught me that change is healthy,
that opportunities to live into the more are constantly available,
that my choices (even a choice not to choose)
chart the course of the world touching me.
My years have taught me to choose hope,
to choose love, to look for the good,
so this year, this time,
I choose that more than ever.
This year, this time, I am more convinced than ever
that I can make the world a better place.