A Safe place to land
Updated: May 17
As I spent my early morning browsing websites with no particularly focus, I stumbled upon a beautiful Sara Bareilles song that resonated with me in this particular time and place, and felt inspired to share.
Take a listen to Sara’s piece “A Safe Place to Land.”
In the upcoming days and weeks ahead, we may each find ourselves short on hope at times and longing for a safe place to land. We will likely have times where we have the resources to ‘be the hand of a hopeful stranger,’ and other times where we may need a hand from another. May we have the courage to move back and forth, giving and receiving, as we recognize our need to do so.
We all do best when we find safe, comforting connections… places where it is okay to bring the depths of our feelings and needs.
Where do we find safety of connection at such an unsteady time?
For some of us, our safety of connection will be found through access to art, reading, or music. Artistry inspires and helps many of us know that our experiences belong. In art, we find stories with which we resonate. We may have a felt sense of the artist or the characters they create; we understand them and in the knowing, feel understood. The beauty of story (whether in the form of songs, visual arts, cinema, or written materials) brings us all together.
For others, we may find our connections through spiritual practices and beliefs, a strong and secure knowing that we are all interconnected to one another and/or a higher power. We may have spiritual beliefs that lend themselves to prayer, meditation, and perhaps visualization of a higher being reaching out a hand. We may practice awareness of this connection in a variety of ways (singing, reading spiritual texts, virtual spiritual group gatherings).
And many will find connections in our most immediate relationships. Our friends, our family, our therapists, coaches, colleagues, employers. We will continue practices of ‘showing up’ for each other, listening with an open heart, caring, and offering practical support when appropriate. We will show up not just with compassion around the weightier matters, but with laughter and playfulness to celebrate the simple joys of living. We will show up with our own pain so as not to pretend that we are somehow immune to the human struggle.
Whatever ways you find yourself reaching out for and offering connection, (and let me assure you they all belong), let’s hold onto hope ‘Til the Sun Comes Up.’
A Safe Place to Land
When holding your breath is safer than breathing When letting go is braver than keeping When innocent words turn to lies And you can’t hide by closing your eyes When pain is all that they offer Like a kiss from the lips of monster You know the famine so well, but never met the feast And home is the belly of the beast The ocean is wild and over your head And the boat beneath you is sinking Don’t need room for your bags Hope is all that you have So say the Lord’s prayer twice, hold your babies tight Surely someone will reach out a hand And show you a safe place to land Oh, imagine yourself in a building Up in flames being told to stand still The window’s wide open This is leap is on faith You don’t know who will catch you Maybe somebody will The ocean is wild and over your head And the boat beneath you is sinking Don’t need room for your bags Hope is all that you have So say the Lord’s prayer twice, hold your babies tight Surely someone will reach out a hand And show you a safe place to land Be the hand of a hopeful stranger A little scared but you’re strong enough Be the light in the dark of this danger ‘Til the sun comes up Be the hand of a hopeful stranger A little scared but you’re strong enough Oh, be the light in the dark of this danger ‘Til the sun comes up Be the hand of a hopeful stranger A little scared but you’re strong enough Be the light in the dark of this danger ‘Til the sun comes up ‘Til the sun comes up, oh ‘Til the sun comes up, ’til the sun ‘Til the sun comes up ‘Til the sun, ’til the sun Comes up Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Lori McKenna / Sara Bareilles A Safe Place to Land lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC