You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.
I’ve spent many years learning how to fix life, only to discover at the end of the day that life is not broken. There is a seed of greater wholeness in everyone and everything. We serve life best when we water and befriend it. When we listen before we act.
In befriending life,we do not make things happen according to our own design. We uncover something that is already happening in us and around us and create conditions to enable it. Everything is moving toward its place of wholeness…Befriending life is more about harmlessness than control. Harmlessness requires connection. It means listening to life from a place in us that is connected to the wholeness around us. The place in us that is also whole.
For an uplifting dialogue on the differences between healing and curing, the importance of human connection in life and health care, and a raft of warm wisdom, consider listening to this interview with Rachel Naomi Remen by Krista Tippett.