Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale
Dan Albergotti 2008
Measure the walls. Count the ribs. Notch the long days.
Look up for blue sky through the spout. Make small fires
with the broken hulls of fishing boats. Practice smoke signals.
Call old friends, and listen for echoes of distant voices.
Organize your calendar. Dream of the beach. Look each way
for the dim glow of light. Work on your reports. Review
each of your life’s ten million choices. Endure moments
of self-loathing. Find the evidence of those before you.
Destroy it. Try to be very quiet, and listen for the sound
of gears and moving water. Listen for the sound of your heart.
Be thankful that you are here, swallowed with all hope,
where you can rest and wait. Be nostalgic. Think of all
the things you did and could have done. Remember
treading water in the center of the still night sea, your toes
pointing again and again down, down into the black depths.
The title of Tom Friedman's column this week has resonated for me and my clients. We are all needing to reset our thinking and expectations from Before the Coronavirus to After Corona. What are we learning about ourselves? What new possibilities are there for us?
Our New Historical Divide: B.C. and A.C. — the World Before Corona and the World After
By Thomas L. Friedman
March 17, 2020
You'll find that as you grow old, you stop bothering to hide the self you've been all along. I aspire to that every day.
-Charles Frazier, Varina