September 2 – Where Love Is Deep – Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

“Where love is deep much can be accomplished.” Shinichi Suzuki

Despite our culture’s over-emphasis on doing, there is a rightful place and time to get things done. In truth, there is very little we can not do. Much of the time we just lack either the ability to envision the dream built or the confidence that we can build it.

I remember early on how my grandmother would encourage me to envision even the smallest dreams down through my hands into the world. She would say,“See it here,” pointing to my forehead, and then she would take both my little hands and say,“Now see it here.” Then she would laugh and say, “And soon, it will be here.” With this, she would look around the room.

It is an amazing thing about being human that we can feel something inside and then build it in the world. It seems we have this in born need to love and to create. At their deepest, these drives of spirit appear to be the same. For through her love, wasn’t Grandma creating me? Don’t we help birth another the instant we encourage them to see with their heart? Don’t we help birth the world each time we give someone confidence to build what they see with their heart?

Somehow we are meant to wrestle the earth—wood, clay, marble—into forms; to seize the air—notes, words, color—into signs; meant to hold other breathing questions like ourselves and  shudder as we part. I go on and on as if to declare that life is worth living. It makes me ask with joy, “What shall we fall in love with tonight? To what color shall we devote our being? What instrument shall we be next?

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