Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Both/And -- a fuller picture

We usually just call it "paradox."  Richard Rohr calls it "both/and" -- the ability to experience both X and Y, even when they are contradictory.  Keats called it "negative capability... when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason."*  Jesus simply was it.

In any event, swimming through this change -- undercurrents of grief grabbing us here and there -- we also remember that we are swimming, riding waves, loving water -- both/and.   

 growth (I felt her today for the first time)
 bad guy cousins 
 George, naturally
my sister played dress-up in this same dress
 Eden's photography: BB
 cousins (the pool was 57 degrees that day)
through Silas's eyes:
honeysuckle about to bloom

 a speed limit sign "falling"
sheen of buttery buttercups

*letter to his brothers, December (21 or 27?) 1817

1 comment:

Denise Terry said...

I cannot express to you how much your expressions of emotion have helped me as I am making a transition -- a very different time of life -- as I move from the DC area (40 years) to Massachusetts.
I pray for you and your family as you establish roots.
Thank you for your writing.