Last Wednesday I purchased a new Erin Condren planner.
Somewhere amidst the internal chaos of my brain and external chaos of the world I thought, “Hey, this brand new, colorful planner that is both incredibly aesthetically appealing AND on sale, will help.”
Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m right. It’s scheduled to arrive today, so I guess we’ll see.
I, like many other people, am having a tough time with this new reality we have stumbled into. In today’s Gospel we have been asked, “in whom have you placed your hope?” As much as I wish Erin Condren’s stunningly designed planners could organize the chaos around and within me, I know our world is so much bigger than a planner—even an Erin Condren one.
I don’t know if I’m effectively teaching my students. I wish I got to see them each day and I’m sad that we are at risk of falling apart as a society. BUT, when Jesus asks, “In whom have you placed your hope?” I know my answer. I choose to place my hope in something so much bigger than Erin Condren planners and so much bigger than myself. I choose to place my hope in God, and our global kinship as humans. I choose to place my hope in students who have taken the time to reach out to me and remind me to be safe. I choose to place my hope in family, friends, and strangers. We belong to each other. And I’m so grateful to belong to you all.
Amidst all this chaos...YOU are my hope.
—Kate Tremarche serves as a member of the math department.