“I will not die an unlived life, I will not live in fear of failing or catching fire.”*
‘Between the time a gift comes to us and the time we pass it along, we suffer gratitude. Moreover, with gifts that are agents of change it is only when the gift has worked in us, only when we have come up to its level, as it were, that we can give it away again.’**
We live in a very big universe, and it seems a shame not to explore it’ though, we can explore only the tiniest part of it with our physiclly. The rest of it must be explored by extending ourselves through our imaginations and in our thinking, and then, in our living on this Earth.
By this, I think we can be marvellously altered.
While we live, each of us has a particular gift to bring into the world. While the gift reposes within us, it’s a potential gift, when we reposition the gift by developing it, then we can pass it on.
It’s taken four years to get here, but today it was time to view some of Michelangelo’s statues whose descriptions captured my imagination as soon as I read about them. I’ve never physically seen them – until today. Often mentioning these unfinished figures wresting themselves from the stone that appears to hold them fast, they illustrate how each of us has the gift of a unique life and perspective to bring into this world.
(*Dawna Markova, quoted in the Northumbria Community’s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Lewis Hyde’s The Gift.)