What If We Discover How To Live?

Abandoned Shelter

“Abandoned Shelter” by carva822 is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

 

 

What If We Discover How to Live?

By Jane Tawel

March 24, 2020

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What if we discover

that this is how we were meant to live?

What if by sheltering from the world,

We find shelter in each other?

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What if we discover

That this is how we save the planet?

Not by using, craving, hoarding, earning, making, shipping, storing

more and more and more and more and more and more,

But by simply doing less?

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What if we discover

That life is more entertaining when lived,

Than when watched?

That love is more meaningful when given,

Than when received?

What if we learn that

Hope is more fierce than fear ever could be?

That waiting and watching are more pleasant than grasping and greeding?

That Good will conquer both ignorance and evil if we believe it can?

What if we learn our best lesson

While school is out?

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But….

What if

We never discover anything

more lasting

Than this unsettling moment?

What if we return to what we were

Before?

What if we go backwards,

Again,

Not forwards,

For once?

What if we forget–

And by forgetting

Lose all?

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What if we find

we really would still rather discover far-off places,

than seek the places close to heart and home?

What if we keep gaining the world

And losing our souls?

What if some of us still believe that

 tax shelters and oil

Are more important than birds and bees?

What if we continue to worship

At the trough, like sheep,

believing the world’s money players will save us

While we cheer from the sidelines?

What if we still believe that morality is

A problem for them, not us?

What if our convenience and comfort

are still more important than our existence?

And what if we discover

that we liked things just fine–

Before we thought we might have to die for them?

What if we never learn that we’ve been dying for them all along?

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What if we discover too late that

we have already abandoned

the shelter of each other?

 

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But what if we can finally, truly, earnestly, humbly learn

like a eureka,

like an epiphany,

like a salvation —

That every day always has had

Always will have

Always

holds a choice

Between death and life?

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What if the only questions we should have asked are:

What are we dying for?

What will we live for?

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What if we discover that it was actually quite practical —

(Not esoteric at all)

To believe:

That the meek will inherit the earth–

Because they were the only ones who learned how to care for it?

That the last among us–

will be the honored ones

 because they were the first responders?

What if we discover that the least will be the greatest–

Because they learned how to survive and still love

 with so little?

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And what if we discover

 that the only thing that matters

In the end–

When the clock stops for each of us—

As it will

As it surely will–

The only thing we have ever needed to learn—

Is what to do with love?

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What if we discover that—

In the shelter of each other,

We will live?

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Please enjoy this video of the beautiful song by Jars of Clay, entitled “Shelter”.               May you be bound to hope today.– Jane

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Jane Tawel

"I'm Nobody, who are you? Are you nobody too?" In the words of that famous "nobody", Emily Dickinson, I am a nobody, committed to the idea that words matter and that expressed creativity, no matter how crumb-y gives us hope. And as Dickinson wrote, hope will keep us safe and warm together. I am thankful to have a home in this blog for my thoughts and thankful for any who sit awhile in this blog home, seeking crumbs on their own journeys. May you stay safe and warm and full of hope.

7 thoughts on “What If We Discover How To Live?”

  1. Very well written, true we have a big lesson though some have already been taught and learned how to live within our confines. It is an unlocking of the doors within us make us feel freer and others are living in fear as they have to have controls in their life. They jump when told to not thinking what they do. Whilst others go with their own flow experimenting with their new found freedom.

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  2. Puzzles of the Soul — Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I just read an interesting and illuminating article by Scott Berinato, one of the co-authors of the Six Stages of Grief with Kubler-Ross. There is something so true in what you say about learning to go with the ebb and flow of one’s life, and of the world at large. Also “living within confines”–an interesting idea since that seems to be something we have fought a lot in the past couple generations, rather than lived into. Great thoughts, thank you.

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    1. Mitchteemley: Thank you so very much, and I greatly appreciate your taking the time to comment. Yes, indeed, amen, amen — or as I like to say in my truly horrible Yiddish accent: “From your mouth, to God’s ear”.

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