it’s a book about making something new out of the old about using what’s in your life now to make up the next part of your life*
I need this encouragement.
The old body is creaking: neck, fingers, back, feet, hearing.
If I were to focus on the state of the old body, I would think that life was reducing:
We have separated soul from experience, become totally taken up with the outside world and allow the interior life to shrink.**
There’s another part of us that is capable of ongoing renewal:
outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day^.
Our lives are full of so many astonishing elements: bringing these out forms my work with all kinds of people towards being able to imagine more
Our inner lives have much to teach us, and:
There is no end to learning.^^
*Jean Clough, from Mary Ruth Broz and Barbara Flynn’s Midwives of an Unnamed Future;
**From John O’Donohue’s Divine Beauty:
^2 Corinthians 4:16;
^^Robert Schumann, from Steven Isserlis’ Robert Schumann’s Advice to Young Musicians.