I want to share with you this extract from Margaret Silf’s The Other Side of Chaos: Breaking Through When Life Is Breaking Down. It spoke powerfully to me.
I once had the privilege of visiting Ellis Island in New York’s harbor, which was the reception center in times past for the many emigrants arriving in America from Europe.
If ever there was a monument to transition, Ellis Island is it. There you can see some of the items these people brought with them from their past into their hoped-for future: photographs, Bibles and prayer books, and items that would prove that they had learned some craft or skill in their homeland, which might secure them employment in the new world they were entering…
The past is already ours; these photos and mementos remind us daily that this treasure that was ours is not lost but carried with us, not just in our bags but in our hearts. And the future is ours, too, to explore and, we hope, to make a contribution to.
This isn’t nostalgia. This is wisdom.