Water, is taught by thirst. Land -- by the Oceans passed. Transport -- by throe -- Peace -- by its battles told -- Love, by Memorial Mold -- Birds, by the Snow.
I have been quiet here for what seems like a long time and I am happy to be talking out “loud” again. Thank you for being, friends.
Over the past year-and-a-half of writing and reading with you, of speaking and hearing, teaching and learning – instead of diminishing my interest, exhausting my energies and instead of completing this “task,” I am rather in process of crescendo. This thing called, being a “friend to yourself,” apparently must continue. It must because otherwise we would not.
Emily Dickinson knew the value of what was missing; but more so, she knew the value in the wanting of it.
Water, is taught by thirst.
I am ever aware that you and I do too. It is this wanting that spurs in us our creative genius in this effort. In any area of interest, in fact, whether it is this, to cultivate the caring of our own person, or to improve our eye of canvas, to swing our sword or to put pen to paper – if we do not sense potential, pleasure still to come, if we do not see beyond where we are to what might be and if we don’t want it, we will miss our selves. We will lose our pearl to the muck that hides us.
Counter to intuition, presence is in fact enhanced by our wanting. We clarify our point of reference to each other and to Love when we realize that we are toward something greater than ourselves. Having that point of reference is nourishing. It is active and it is connected. The understanding of what we want still, have yet to obtain, rather than destabilizing or isolating us, it improves our footing and our community. And like Emily, we give up much just to experience the exquisite process of joining our own journey.
This is what thirst has taught me. What about you? Please tell me your story.
Self-Care Tip – Before the gift of your thirst, pursue it knowing you are blessed. Be a friend to yourself.
- The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson (1) (jennylikesbooks.wordpress.com)
- Today’s Birthday: Emily Dickinson (1830) (euzicasa.wordpress.com)
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