This is a follow-up on the poem by David Whyte.
I’ve taken a portion of the middle part and it’s started some inner conversation.
I like the idea that each of us is “carrying what is hidden as a gift to others”.
The most visible gifts are those creative expressions of art, drama, music and writing. Whether I find any of these to be beautiful or useful does not affect the pleasure the originator has in the ‘doing’ of that expression.
Hardly ever do I hear, ” wow, that was some really kind act you did last week!”
or ” I noticed you walked in and took charge quietly and changed the whole course of that person’s life”.
Or, ” Nice job! How did you know where I kept my trash bags?” or even,
” Great meeting, strange how everyone got a chance to speak”.
I’m sure you have your own version of this, and much funnier, right?
(any contributions will be passed on)
So, here’s the way that part of the poem went:
“To be human
is to become visible
what is hidden
as a gift
the other world
in this world
is to live in your
(…DAVID WHYTE, from the poem, What To Remember When Waking Up )
And so it goes.
with love, Mom/Mimi/Toni/Antoinette