For my younger self,
You cannot foresee what is coming…
Your story will hold the seeds of love and grief,
of desperation and elation, that all people
on earth will know. It is this, the profound
experience of the heart, that gives color
and meaning to our lives as women and men.
Much that happens will confuse you. Do not
despair in your unknowing. Be wise,
generous, with your blessings, and patient.
Through you comes the birth of all people.
Something must break open for something
new to emerge.
Bless you for your courage, your steadfastness,
and your love. Hold yourself and those
you love with compassion. That is
all there is.
Barbara Burkart, 3/20/16
Girls in Trouble Curriculum Pilot, Jewish Community of Amherst, MA