Recently, my mind has been pushing away realities I'd rather not accept. This is, of course, an exercise in futility. Things that I try to deny and escape inevitably bound back to me, somehow strengthened by my rude avoidance. Ah such is life. It was during one of these unwanted reunions with a situation that an old school activity popped into my head.... wisdom from a circle time song of long ago.
"We're going on a bear hunt, a bear hunt, a bear hunt" my classmates and I would chant while tapping on our knees. With each verse an obstacle appeared and the pace would grow faster and faster. Tall grass, storms, and rivers were no match for our saddle oxfords and youthful determination. Never mind the ending retreat, my memory was drawn to the refrain.... "We can't go over it. We can't go under it. We've got to go through it."
My first grade teacher could not possibly have known that thirty three years later this funny song would be a source of wisdom and comfort to her red-haired and knee-socked student.
When this refrain came back to me, it was the mantra I so desperately needed to face the moments
that I wanted to push away.
"We can't go over it. We can't go under it. We've got to go through it."
Life is a Bear Hunt full of difficulties and obstacles. Face them and embrace them.
(Saddle oxfords -optional)