“Thy life is a miracle. Speak yet again.”
– Edgar speaking to the Earl of Gloucester in Shakespeare’s King Lear
Looking Back On 2013
On this the last day of 2013 what is it that I am present to? Gratitude. What is it that I am grateful for?
How wondrous it is that I can see! I got to see blue sky, white clouds, yellow sunshine, pinkish sunset….
How magical it is that I can hear! Today, I found myself listening to my daughter call me “Papa”; I love the sound of “Papa” and have done so ever since my first child called me “Papa”. Music, I found myself listening and moving to, and being moved by, the music coming through on the tablet.
How wondrous that I can speak! Yes, speak – communicate with my fellow human beings, express myself, ask for help, offer help, co-ordinate my actions with all whom I find myself in a dance with.
How miraculous that I can smell! One of the joys of starting the morning is smelling the various fragrances that go with the various soaps which I use when I shower in the morning.
How wonderful it is to find that everything works – that the fingers work, the arms work, the feet work, the legs work, the back works, the lungs work, the heart works ……….! What a gift is is to find myself fully able to take care of myself such that I do not rely on nor wait for anyone to take care of me? What a gift it is to dance.
Looking Ahead to 2014
Yes, life is a miracle. Let’s assume that the miracle continues and I am gifted an entrance into 2014. What is there to “Speak yet again”? It occurs to me that what there is to speak is to speak a possibility.
“Bring new light to what life might be.”
This is why you were born; that’s why you are here. To bring some new angle to the human condition – if not to the broader world in general, then at least to your family and the people around you…….
– Hugh MacLeod, Gaping Void
As I sit with “Bring new light to what life might be.” what shows up? Kindness-Gentleness-Aliveness-Harmony. It occurs to me that I moved by the possibility of being an opening for kindness-gentleness-harmony to show up in the world. It occurs to me that if I am gifted life in 2014 then I am up for speaking kindness, generosity, aliveness, and harmony in my way of being (showing up) in the world.
What is it that you are moved to speak in 2014? How can you bring new light to what life might be?