“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is.”*
I am spending this week with people from more than thirty countries, with many languages and cultures. We’ve been identifying the difficulties we can have when different languages meet, such as how we might even use a term and concept in one language that doesn’t even exist in another.
Reflecting on this crucial nature of language, I found myself thinking about how we each have a prime need to develop and learn the language of our own lives, so that we might communicate with ourselves and better communicate with others.
For those who do not do this, there will always be the danger of using another person’s language for their life – ignoring their own passions and needs, missing the uniqueness of their talents and abilities, and misinterpreting the value of their own experiences.
When we learn the language of our lives, we are also in a better place to listen to the language of each other’s lives, appreciating each of us is ‘an ever-changing being that is becoming and will never arrive, but has opinions about what is seen along the journey.’**
What each person sees is so critical to our development as Human Becomings.
(*Frederick Buechner, quoted in the Northumbria Community’s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Donald Miller’s Scary Close.)