Listen now (9 mins) | Loneliness part II
So much wisdom here, Renee. It reminded me of The Prophet, by Gibran. Are you familiar with that book? Here's an excerpt from what he says about marriage:
"Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music."
He speaks about friendship, love, children, work, everything really:
Renee this post moved me deeply. I have been feeling paranoid and disturbed lately due the ugliness of the world, the economy is falling, people are openly practising financial fraud, heinous crimes are being committed in wake of daylight. I don’t feel safe anymore but yet I feel like to wake up and be a better person every day. With a little help , we shall make it. Let’s do it together. Thank you for this beautiful work.
This one hit me in the gut. My door is not only shut; it is locked and sealed around the edges, with a door wedged under the handle. Sigh. Thank you for your amazing words that remind us that we are not alone and that we are all wrestling with much the same challenges.
" In essence, we become like water, soft and powerful, able to sculpt a canyon." I'm holding onto this thought.🧡
The disconnection is real. It's strange to think how boundaries have changed over the last few years. There was a fear of letting anyone near deeply engrained in everyone globally, and now we're returning to normal at such a pace it feels jarring at times. It's it safe? Are the boundaries of others still further than my own?
Not only are the boundaries further and less predictable, so are the emotions and reactions. The space between us all has destabilized our mental and social stability. We need and crave a return to normalcy, but normalcy eludes us.
Your words of wisdom are inspiring and encouraging. Yes, things are different. Yes, wee can get through this. Now it's the time to create the new norms we hope to see. By being brave with kindness, and intentionally compassionate with our interactions we are setting the new standard.
I always love how your words are precise and soft and true all at the same time, particularly in this essay.