“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” -Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”
Everything starts from a seed including us. I wonder if we live within that shell all our life with the seed being our soul and our lifetime here on earth being a gathering of all we need to slowly begin the painful process of cracking open. Many of us have felt the harder blows of life that leave an opening so wide that it goes straight to the heart of the soul. Whether our cracks are big or as small as a tiny papercut it is how the light gets in and once we experience the warmth it brings the more our soul craves it. Like our hands reaching upward we begin to sprout moving toward the unknown yet a knowing that it’s the natural process of who and what we were created to do. Yes, there is a comfort in staying within this place we’ve existed, and a fear of being exposed and vulnerable to the unknown. It’s never easy to step outside of our comfort zone to leave behind all that’s been a part of us, but the light continues to pull us toward it, and it is only in the letting go that we can fully begin to blossom in the fullness of the light.
Most importantly let us not forget in the process of breaking free…to ring the bells that still can ring, and forget out perfect offering. Look around there are cracks in everything. It’s how the light gets in.
Today we are getting our two huge evergreen trees taken down at the front of our property. When PP&L trimmed them away from the wires this spring they completely hacked them up. When we called them about how upset we were they offered to take them down at no cost to us.
It’s one of those things that you knew you were going to eventually have to do, but we weren’t ready to let go of them yet. They did provide a lot of shade and privacy, plus it’s like losing another part of my Dad & Sue who lived here before us. As I play the pros and cons of it in my head. The pros win out in the end. Let’s face it nothing last forever in this world. There’s this cold stillness of quiet emptiness for a few moments as we stand and look at the open space it leaves behind. Than new life sets in as we give ourselves time to process it. We start to look around and see the possibilities it leaves behind. This has been our home for a while now, and as we’ve made many changes already this is simple another opportunity to place our own mark upon it. Our house is one of the few on this street that sits back away from the road and many people that have driven by say they never even knew there was a house behind the trees. It can be seen a little better beyond the holly trees now. The yard looks much bigger too, but we will probable plant another tree in the middle of the yard to give us back that privacy we like so much though. To be honest I think it will look much better in the long run.
Lesson of the day: Nothing last forever, but life still carries on. We can live in the state of sadness that we can’t change or find new life in the space it opens up for us.