live more richly the moments

Everything exists because of relationships.  What if life appears most brightly when we are figuring out how to share our greatest joys with each  others?

Here are two comments about relationship which I came upon this morning, the first from author and aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh looking like descriptions of absence and presence, then from Professor in Social Studies and Technology Sherry Turkle reflecting on the ways we use social technologies:

“Some people came into my room and rushed in and rushed out and even when they were there they were not there – they were in the moment ahead or the moment behind.  Some people who came in just for a moment were all there, completely in that moment. […] If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”*

”a stream of messages make it impossible to find moments of solitude, time when other people are showing us neither dependency nor affection.  In solitude we don’t reject the world but have the space to think our own thoughts’**

I then read these words from Richard Rohr and found myself thinking about how important solitude is to becoming the people we can be – Rohr argues that we are relationships over substance:

‘We’re not of independent substance; we exist only in relationship.’^

Technologies mean we never have to experience solitude and yet this is arguably our most critical relationship.  It seems that life invites me to explore and deepen my relationships with people, my world, my worldview, and with myself.  Is solitude then when I see what has been shaped?

Technologies ought to be a boon if we’re relationship before we are substance but, at best, technology is changing the shape of humans and, at worse, we’re losing ourselves.

I found myself wondering whether healthy relationships lead to substance, that is, the sense of self, with the possibility of being present – as Anne Morrow Lindbergh observed it.

Everything exists because of relationships.  What if life appears most brightly when we are figuring out how to share our greatest joys with each  others?

(*Anne Morrow Lindbergh, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(*From Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together.)
(^From Richard Rohr and Mike Morrell’s The Divine Dance.)

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