March 3 – In the Living – Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening
“Every person’s condition is a solution in hieroglyphic to those inquiries they would put. We act it a life, before we apprehend it as truth.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Each life is a language no one knows. With every heartbreak, discovery and unexpected moment of joy, with every lift of music that touches us where we didn’t think we could be touched, with every experience, another letter in our alphabet is decoded. Take a step; learn a word. Feel a feeling; decode a sign. Accept a truth; translate a piece of the mystery written in your heart.
Before we live what’s next, it always seems like there is some answer we need to arrive at. But daring to enter, we are humbled to discover, again and again, that the act of living itself unravels both the answer and the question. When we watch, we remain riddles to be solved. When we enter, we become songs to be sung.
When life feels far off, remember that a flute is just something hard with holes in it until it’s played. So, too, the heart. As matches are just sticks until lit, as ice is not quenching until thawed, questions and problems remain obstacles until lived. In this way, the life of every soul waits like sheet music to be played. What good are we if never played?