In My Grandfather’s Blessings Rachel Remen writes of “befriending life.” On my initial reading that sounded a bit silly. But it occurs to me that “life” and I aren’t always on the best of terms, and in fact sometimes I develop a rather antagonistic attitude towards it, particularly (throat clearing) when it sends something other than peace and joy my way. This from Remen seemed to address that:
“I’ve spent many years learning how to fix life, only to discover at the end of the day that life is not broken. There is a hidden sead of greater wholeness in everyone and everything. We serve life best when we water and befriend it. When we listen before we act.”
There is a gem buried in there, perhaps more, but this one sticks out to me – “There is a hidden seat of greater wholeness in everyone and everything.” Perhaps it is that recognition that allows the befriending of life.