The solitary white swan left on Wednesday. And we miss her beautiful presence.
I sensed she felt safe here and stayed for as long as she needed, probably for some form of grieving.
But then it was time to go…
Being rooted while in transition – this seems like a contradiction.
How can we be rooted if we are also in transition?
Yet, being alive in this time, we need both. More than ever.
We’ll be blown everywhere if we focus only on movement and the thresholds we’ve yet to cross.
And if our rootedness is fixed with too many buttresses in place, we’ll be too brittle. And we’ll break.
We must practice this dance and learn to find our balance, and I suspect we cannot do this alone.
Yet I know we can’t be anywhere other than here in this place and at this time. Even if this is the last place we’d want to be.
So this is a time of re-looking at our identity and where and to whom we belong.
I don’t have the answers, but I do know the ‘path’, even though it has yet to be made.
Therefore, I’ve returned to the wisdom of Thomas Merton to clear away the rubble of what I may have built so that I am both rooted and ready for transition.
“Humans have a responsibility to their own time, not as if they could seem to stand outside it and donate various spiritual and material benefits to it from a position of compassionate distance. Humans have a responsibility to find themselves where they are, in their own proper time and place, in the history to which they belong and to which they must inevitably contribute either their response or their invasions, either truth and act, or mere slogan and gesture.”
+ Thomas Merton, quoted in Margaret J Wheatley, ‘Perseverance’. Berkana, 2010
Let’s learn from and with each other because no one dances alone.
Pause. See differently. Re-story
There are more poems than usual, perhaps because prose won’t capture the times we live in.
Monday: Here in the darkness – here is hope (poem)
Tuesday: We don’t always see it…
Wednesday: A midweek Pause for Peace (poem)
Thursday: Peace is more than a nice word
Friday: Life graces us with presence (poem)
A few good words
I am grateful to my poet friend, Will Johnson, who recently introduced me to the writing of Jerry Colonna. His book Reunion: Leadership and Longing to Belong was the starting point for a deeply human conversation on the 33 Voices podcast episode Our Path to Belonging. I hope you enjoy it too.