This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.
― from “The Waking”, Theodore Roethke, The Collected Poems
Share your gifts. Learn from the gifts of others.
Stay open to whichever role — teacher and/or student — life is calling on you to play. And bring as much acceptance and love to each performance.
When we walk through life as only a teacher, we miss out on learning from the world around us.
When we walk through life as only a student, we miss out on sharing our unique vision of the world.
Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.
You are saying, are you not, I said to Manuelito, that stories have more room in them than ideas?
That is correct, Señor. It is as if ideas are made of blocks. Rigid and hard. And stories are made of a gauze that is elastic. You can almost see through it, so what is beyond is tantalizing. You can’t quite make it out; and because the imagination is always moving forward, you yourself are constantly stretching. Stories are the way spirit is exercised.
Alice Munro, By the Light of My Father’s Smile
What seems to me to be happening is that those people who were once colonized by the language are now rapidly remaking it, domesticating it, becoming more and more relaxed about the way they use it — assisted by the English language’s enormous flexibility and size, they are carving out large territories for themselves within its frontiers.
“We are like water, aren’t we? We can be fluid, flexible when we have to be. But strong and destructive, too.” And something else, I think to myself. Like water, we mostly follow the path of least resistance.
―Wally Lamb, We Are Water
If you are at all familiar with hip hop dance, then you are familiar with the Jabbawockeez. If you aren’t, well, sit down for a few minutes and watch this video of them at the 2012 Hip Hop International dance competition. The amazingly clever choreography, both eye-catching and subtle, will knock your socks off. Watch them move, pulse and fly in their white masks. Marvel at the larger forms which take place onstage as well as the individual strength, flexibility and attention to detail. This group is strong because each one of these guys pulls his own weight. Enjoy!
Video via OfficialHHI on Youtube.