The Thread (vol. 5, no. 2)

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

1. Question I’m living with:

  • “When was the last time you looked at something, solely, and concentratedly, and for its own sake?” – Jeanette Winterson

2. Quote I’m considering:

  • “Perhaps the most useful aspect of my year alone in the wilderness was to come to accept that my inner world has its own inherent weather patterns, as does the external world. The recognition that I’m not in control and that gray days do not mean I’ve done something wrong. That all of the ups and downs, lights and darks, are part of who I am; who we are.” – Stephen Batchelor quoting Robert Kull in The Art of Solitude

3. Poem I’m pondering:

“The Way It Is” by William Stafford

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.

4. Something inspiring:

“A World of Dew” by Kobayashi Issa

A world of dew,

And within every dewdrop

A world of struggle.

5. Rewild School is on instagram:

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