You are not working from home; you are at your home during a crisis trying to work.

  • Neil Webb

We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.

  • Kurt Vonnegut

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

  • U2, Beautiful Day

I wish I could tell you it gets better, but it doesn’t get better.  You get better.

  • Joan Rivers

I was dreaming in my dreaming 
Of an aspect bright and fair 
And my sleeping it was broken 
But my dream it lingered near 
In the form of shining valleys 
Where the pure air recognized 
And my senses newly opened 
I awakened to the cry 
That the people have the power 
To redeem the work of fools 
Upon the meek the graces shower 
It’ s decreed the people rule

The people have the power

The power to dream, to rule
To wrestle the earth from fools

  • Patti Smith, People Have the Power

For our real prayer, if we had the wits or the courage to formulate it, would be a general plea for everything to be all right forever.

  • Angela Thirkell

How I wish that you were here again
How I wish that you were here again

If I could see you and touch you with my hand
If I could feel you, I know damn well I can’t

How I wish that you were here again
How I wish I had you near again

  • Keith Richards, How I Wish

An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.

  • Victor Frankl

Do not be afraid.

  • Seamus Heaney’s last words

Ah, home, let me come home
Home is wherever I’m with you
Ah, home, let me come home
Home is where I’m alone with you

  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Home

Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy.

  • Soren Kierkegaard

Don’t call yourself religious
Not with that knife in your hand
And there’s only one way out of here
I understand
That is

Undefeated, everybody goes home

  • Little Steven Van Zandt, Undefeated

Everybody’s got to hold on hope, it’s the last thing that’s holding me.

  • Bob Pollard

I’ll light the fire
You put the flowers in the vase that you bought today
Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you
Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me
Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes, everything is good
Such a cozy room, the windows are illuminated by the
Sunshine through them, fiery gems for you, only for you

Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy ’cause of you
And our la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard

Now everything is easy ’cause of you

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Our House

When I told 3-year old we couldn’t go out again she asked if it was because of the corona pirates.  I said yes.

  • Dr. Sarah J. White

Dance away the heartache
Dance away the tears
Dance away the heartache
Dance away the fear
Dance away

I’m just a little bit caught in the middle
Life is a maze and love is a riddle
I don’t know where to go I can’t do it alone I’ve tried
And I don’t know why

  • Roxy Music, Dance Away

When you have no choice, do not be afraid.

  • Jewish Proverb

‘Cause I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart
‘Cause I like to keep my issues strong
It’s always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out
Shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
Shake it out, shake it out
Shake it out, shake it out, ooh whoa
And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back

So shake him off, oh whoa

  • Florence and the Machine, Shake it Out

Sometimes you’re doing really well, then, after three or four years, everything inexplicably crashes like a house of cards and you have to rebuild it. It’s not like you get to a point where you’re all right for the rest of your life.

  • Patti Smith

What kept me sane was knowing that things would change, and it was a question of keeping myself together until they did.

  • Nina Simone

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day

I think I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is that rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright)
Bright (bright) sunshiny day

  • Johnny Nash, I Can See Clearly Now

By staying calm we waste neither energy nor opportunity.

  • Rachel Pollack

Hope: That if our best dreams are never to come true, neither at least will our worst fears.

  • Frederick Buechner, A Room Called Remember

I went to the doctor, I went to the mountains
I looked to the children, I drank from the fountains
We go to the doctor, we go to the mountains
We look to the children, we drink from the fountain
Yeah, we go to the Bible, we go through the work out
We read up on revival, we stand up for the lookout
There’s more than one answer to these questions
Pointing me in a crooked line
And the less I seek my source for some definitive

The closer I am to fine
The closer I am to fine
The closer I am to fine, yeah

  • The Indigo Girls, Closer to Fine

Where there is no hope, we must invent it.

  • Albert Camus

Wherever you are tonight
I wish you the best of everything, in the world
And I hope you found
Whatever you were looking for

  • Tom Petty, The Best of Everything

But that’s the irony, broken people are not fragile.

  • Clinton Sammy Jr.

And we’ll walk down the avenue again
And we’ll sing all the songs from way back when
And we’ll walk down the avenue again and the healing has begun

And we’ll walk down the avenue in style
And we’ll walk down the avenue and we’ll smile
And we’ll say “baby, ain’t it all worthwhile?” when the healing has begun

I want you to put on your pretty summer dress
You can wear your Easter bonnet and all the rest
And I want to make love to you yes, yes, yes, when the healing has begun

  • Van Morrison, And the Healing Has Begun

You can’t be brave if you are not scared.

  • H.D. Gordon

Let the hard days be hard.  You’re mourning life as you knew it – and the version of yourself who lived that life.  Even as you grieve, try to remember: There is a beginning tucked inside every ending.  The beginning of what?  The only way to find out is to keep going.  Keep moving.

  • Maggie Smith

So, bless my heart and bless yours too.
I don’t know where I’m gonna go
Don’t know what I’m gonna do.
There must be somebody up above sayin’,
“Come on, Brittany, you got to come on up!
You got to hold on…
Hey, you got to hold on…”

“Yeah! You got to wait!

  • Alabama Shakes, Hold On

I should not make any promises right now, but I know if you pray somewhere in this world – Something good will happen.

  • Hafiz

Life is beautiful
We live until we die

When you run into my arms
We steal a perfect moment
Let the monsters see you smile
Let them see you smiling

Do I hold you too tightly?
When will the hurt kick in?

Life is beautiful, but it’s complicated
We barely make it
We don’t need to understand
There are miracles, miracles

  • Vega4, Life is Beautiful

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.

  • Rosa Parks

Way up in the sky
Over the city where you sleep tonight
The light outside your window blinks
Hotel, hotel, hotel
Open the blind and dream in a moonbeam

When the war’s finally over
We’ll meet again
And pick up where we left off

  • The Pretenders, Day After Day

It breaks your heart.  It is designed to break your heart.  The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.  You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops.  There comes a time when every summer will have something of autumn about it.

  • A. Bartlett Giamatti, The Green Fields of the Mind

I am just a little girl lost in the moment
I’m so scared but I don’t show it
I can’t figure it out
It’s bringing me down I know
I’ve got to let it go
And just enjoy the show
Just enjoy the show

  • Kerris Dorsey, The Show

Trust Future You to handle some of what Present You is grappling with.  Future You will know more and will have perspective you don’t.  Remember they’re out there, arms empty, waiting to carry what you hand them.  Keep moving.

  • Maggie Smith

Here comes the sun in the form of a girl
She’s the finest sweetest thing in the world
Take you to heaven tonight
I feel the horses coming galloping
In the summer rain
Take you to heaven tonight
‘Cause I love you for what you are

I’ll gallop to you, tonight, tonight
We’ll ride, I’ll give it to you
We’re going to heaven tonight

  • Hole, Heaven Tonight

Curiosity keeps me sane.  I think it’s the enemy of anxiety.  Even when the anxiety feels like everything if I get into something deep enough it can pull me out.  Music, art, film, words, whatever.  Find a passion as large as your fear.

  • Matt Haig

We thought just for an instant
We could see the future
We thought for once we knew
What really was important

Coming up close
Everything sounds like welcome home
Come home, and oh, by the way

Don’t you know that I could make
A dream that’s barely half-awake come true

  • ‘Til Tuesday, Coming Up Close

We’re all miracles.  We live knowing that all we love could be taken away and we keep going anyway.

  • Rae, Little Children

I’m gonna soak up the sun
Gonna tell everyone 
To lighten up
I’m gonna tell ’em that
I’ve got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame
I’m looking up
I’m gonna soak up the sun
I’m gonna soak up the sun

  • Sheryl Crow, Soak Up the Sun

Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good.  His life has much difficulty and sadness and remains far behind yours.  Were it otherwise, he would never have been able to find those words.

  • Ranier Maria Rilke

You don’t really have a problem
(Chin up, chin up)
In your hour of despair

And smile when you’re down and out
(Find something inside you)
Smile when you’re down and out
(Find something inside you)

  • The Jayhawks, Smile

Earnestness, above all, is durable.  Hate burns itself out and exhausts; indignation yields eventually to acclimatization; hope is bound to be disappointed.  Earnestness expects to be around for a while and knows it won’t have it easy.

  • Nicholas Dames summarizing Grace Paley

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life

  • Green Day, Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)

In times like these, which is already a specious supposition, discipline is our saving grace.  Yes we need it in everyday life but now there is no such thing as everyday life.  So we need it more…be kind, be cool, be disciplined.

  • Michael Des Barres

Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
And tearful at the falling of a star
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

  • Joni Mitchell, The Circle Game

What will you miss when things are fine?

  • Richard Buckner, Town

The best thing for being sad, replied Merlyn…Is to learn something.  That is the only thing that never fails.  You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world around devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers by baser minds.  There is only one thing for it then – to learn.  Learn why the world wags and what wags it.  That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.  Learning is the best thing for you.

  • T. H. White, The Once and Future King

Alright, already
And we’ll all float on alright
Already we’ll all float on alright
Don’t worry even if things end up a bit
Too heavy we’ll all float on alright

  • Modest Mouse, Float On

Oh, but anyway, Toto, we’re home. Home! And this is my room and you’re all here. And I’m not gonna leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all, and oh Auntie Em, there’s no place like home!

  • Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz

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