Positivity, Endurance, Poetry, and Prophesy

Positivity, Endurance, Poetry, and Prophesy


27 October 2020


By David Allen, Development for Conservation


Last week, I ended my post with the words: We are the ones we have been waiting for.

They weren’t original.

They are from a poem that had been passed to me through enough hands that I needed further research before attribution.

So get this: they are from a “prophesy” delivered by the Elders of the Hopi Nation Oraibi, and they were written in 2000. The prophesy served as the central theme of a book by Margaret Wheatley named Endurance which is how it came to me.

And now I commend the poem/prophesy to you. (I suggest reading it out loud.) Because it feels like it could have been written in 2020. Or at least for 2020.


Here is a river flowing
It is so great and swift that
there are those who will be afraid,
who will try to hold on to the shore.
They are being torn apart
and will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must
let go of the shore,
push off into the middle of the river and keep our heads above water.


And I say see who is there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history,
we are to take nothing personally,
least of all ourselves.
For the moment that we do,
our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Gather yourselves.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done
in a sacred manner
and in celebration.
For we are the ones
we have been waiting for.


I’m told that the eye of the storm is quite calm. That’s the way this week feels to me right now. And into this relative calm come questions from the prophesy:

  • What “shores” am I clinging to?
  • How can I keep my head above water?
  • Celebrate?


Here’s what I know.

As I push off into the middle of the river,

As I work to keep my head above water,


I look around to see who is there with me.

And I see




For we are the ones we have been waiting for.


Make a Plan to Vote.

And stay safe and stay well,




Photo by enriquelopezgarre courtesy Pixabay



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  • Janna Rudler
    Posted at 15:40h, 30 October

    Thank you for this post. Now I may end my week on a more hopeful note than I was feeling before.

  • Dana Illo
    Posted at 12:33h, 27 October

    I may have already posted, but don’t see it here. Just want to say how grateful I am for this post. And too will strive to remember “We are the ones we have been waiting for”.

    Also reminded me of Clarissa Pinkola Estes “Letter to a Young Activist in Troubled Times”.

    It begins, “Do not lose heart. We were made for these times.

    With great gratitude, Dana

    • Dana Illo
      Posted at 12:34h, 27 October


  • Dana Illo
    Posted at 11:38h, 27 October

    Speaks right to my heart. Much needed. Thank you.
    Your post today reminded me of the letter from Clarissa Pinkola Estes to a young activist. Perhaps you have seen it.

    With gratitude,

  • Anita O'Gara
    Posted at 10:06h, 27 October

    Just shared this with our hard-working staff who are showing such strong teamwork. Let’s all be courageous enough to actually celebrate as we go forward.

    • David Allen
      Posted at 11:39h, 27 October

      Please do share it. I hope it inspires everyone else as it has inspired me.

  • Patricia Aldrich
    Posted at 09:56h, 27 October

    Amen to that! Thanks, David.

  • ccblittle
    Posted at 08:48h, 27 October

    Thank you. Wonderful post.

  • Carol Abrahamzon
    Posted at 08:41h, 27 October

    Perfect for this time.

  • Mary Korkor
    Posted at 07:40h, 27 October

    David, Thank you. I will read this daily and stay hopeful and positive. I need this right now.

    • David Allen
      Posted at 11:37h, 27 October

      I’m with you reading it daily. It’s posted on my Board and I will see it every day. Thank you for the comment!