PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #11 • December 17, 2009 • EMBRACE INTER-CONNECTEDNESS • I promise to extend myself to strangers. • “mary anne, have the openness to allow a stranger to become a friend.” • Looking into this day this might mean – engage in unexpected exchange, reach out to a “friend of a friend,” broaden your circle.
“the greatest life lessons may come from people you have yet to meet.” – mar –
“each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” - anais nin –
Reflections on Promise #11. Somehow, in these recent days, many of my significant lessons are woven into origami. The patterns, the visual unlikelihood, the stretch of imagination asking, “A piece of flat paper did that?” The inter-connectedness of the origami folds strike me as symbolic of the complex layers and folds of our days. Crease, fold, harsh straight line, each flat building upon flat fold until shaken or the strength of breath is applied. With breath or stretch there is magic. Form recognized. What was flat, unfamiliar, becomes a bird in flight. This calls to mind those AHA moments – when all the murky, disconnected complexities line up in magnificent order to say, “This is the lesson I have been creating for you. THIS is a lasting, difficult beauty for your life.”