...142 days left until 2016...
What if you were journeying through life, and all of a sudden a bush began to burn out of nowhere, and yet was not being consumed...what would be your own response to that startling event? What do you do with the unexpected, anyway, in your life? What about the hoped for in life...in what ways do you take the time to appreciate that?
In a meaning-filled mentoring moment this morning with one of the exceptional 20-something emerging leaders I've the privilege of mentoring, I was reminded of this poem by David Whyte (...whose work is to be read, and then read again...life-focusing, life-enhancing...). In this fast paced world in which we are living, I invite you to pause for a few moments and ponder what you read here. I'm thankful that this morning my friend and I took the time to do just that:
The Opening of Eyes
That day I saw beneath dark clouds
the passing light over the water
and I heard the voice of the world speak out,
I knew then, as I had before
it is no passing memory of what has been
nor the remaining pages in a great book waiting to be read.
It is the opening of eyes long closed.
It is the vision of far off things,
seen for the silence they hold.
It is the heart after years
of secret conversing
speaking out loud in the clear air.
It is Moses in the desert
fallen to his knees before the lit bush.
It is the man throwing away his shoes
as if to enter heaven
and finding himself astonished,
opened at last,
fallen in love with solid ground.
-- David Whyte
from Songs for Coming Home ©1984 Many Rivers Press
...this is not the friend mentioned above, but is the son of a good friend, taken when we, his father, him and yours truly, were on a great hike recently in our magnificent Rocky Mountain National Park...