Published On: Sun, Apr 26th, 2020

Day 10 of my #21DayJournal

#21DayJournal is a series of sometimes unedited tweets, blog posts, podcasts, Facebook / IG lives and Linked In posts written between April 11th and May 1st during the COVID-19 quarantine

The only cherry blossom on the block and its mine.

Days before the Corona Virus would bring the world to a halt, I moved down the street from my former crashpad to a much more comfortable space. Aside from a 3rd floor balcony the space was non descript.

In the first days of the crisis, I was working, almost every day and socially distancing myself in each city I visited. I have walked on empty beaches, driven 60mph on an LA expressway and have walked into airports that resembled ghost towns. When my April schedule started, My plan was to work everyday I could (6 days a week), but when I volunteered for trips… in just 10 days, I made my full time schedule and had 30 hours of overtime. I made a decision to take the rest of the month off.

Why? Mostly because I was tired of being careful. It was overwhelming… to have a smile all day and still be worried. Everything even drinking a cup of water required a process that was just too much. I wanted a break.

So I did some grocery shopping and prepared to stay put for three weeks. In just a few days of being there, I realized that the nondescript tree in front of my crashpad was a cherry blossom. I have always admired the cherry blossom… and the only thing I knew is that their bloom was fast and short-lived. Right now I was seeing this tree burst into an explosion of pink.

I walked home from the grocery store while it was drizzling and a combination f the birds chirping, the sound of the rain and the pink glow got me choked up. I was definitely in a moment…

Once I got upstairs and took another look from the balcony, I decided to google what the cherry blossom represents and here is what I found;

“The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short. When the cherry blossom trees bloom for a short time each year in brilliant force, they serve as a visual reminder of how precious and how precarious life is.”

I needed this and as I am writing this the tree is already returning to the state in which I found it. The few days it bloomed, it provided reassurance that this situation is temporary and reminds me to make the most out of the season I have been sent here to bloom.

There is so much but this is how I am feeling today.

I believe in signs, this increases the urgency to make sure I show up everyday ready to serve.

Abrazos desde lejos.


Compai George

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Day 10 of my #21DayJournal