Full of Empty (vol. 5, no. 6)

Here are a few things I’m sharing this month:

1. Question I’m living with:

  • “How can we find a way to live in the knowledge that we are all related? How can we become better kin?” – Patty Krawec, Becoming Kin

2. Quote I’m considering:

  • “Can it be that the cuts turn into scars and the scars turn into beautiful quiet notches in which things can fly and nest?  In every space opened when what we want gets away, a deeper place is cleared in which the mysteries can sing. If we can only survive that pain of being emptied, we might yet know the joy of being sung through. Strangely and beautifully, each soul is a living flute being carved by the life on Earth to sound deeper and deeper song.” – Mark Nepo (Reduced to Joy)

3. Poem I’m pondering:

Excerpt from Crossing Unmarked Snow by William Stafford

The things you do not have to say make you rich.

Saying the things you do not have to say

     weakens your talk.

Hearing the things you do not need to hear

     dulls your hearing.

The things you know before you hear them,

     those are you

this is reason that you are in the world.

4. Something inspiring:

Juliet Ivy – we’re all eating each other. Here’s the chorus:

But we’re all gonna die
Decompose into daffodils and dandelions
The bees will use our flowers for whatever they like
Make the honey that our grandkids will put inside their morning tea
It’s the thing of life

5. New Blogs:

  • Hey, Hump: “I’m part of a new community of teammates and coaches. I’m without a history, reputation, or body of work to carry me forward. Part of me wants to say to my new teammates “I’m Shawn but my friends call me Hump.” But I’m hesitant. Is that allowed by the nickname gods?”
  • 36 Hours in Cincinnati: “I think about how we grew quiet, looking up at those Cincinnati lights—those skyscraping lights that never failed to provoke small-town boys into dreaming big dreams, how they were reflecting in our eyes, how I wondered where those lights were taking my boys, and how I would love to remember where they took me.”

Thanks so much. And, have a great day! – shawn