Some of you may not know of Charles Eisenstein. I am grateful to tell you that I know him. I spent a long weekend with him, his dear wife, and 28 other strangers-at-the-time on retreat near Asheville last summer, exploring the Space Between Stories. That is where we all live now, you and I, as individuals and as participants in human culture.
We are traversing a path that leads us away from the old story of separate beings / communities / nations. We are walking toward the new story of inter-being / connection / global citizens.
“When any of us meet someone who rejects dominant norms and values, we feel a little less crazy for doing the same. Any act of rebellion or non-participation, even on a very small scale, is therefore a political act.” – Charles Eisenstein – The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible
Do you feel that? Do you feel a little less crazy? I do. Here’s a story –
An older woman stepped onto the elevator at the cancer center. The beautiful, hand-knit beret and matching scarf she wore partially concealed her thinning hair. A young woman beside her glanced, then smiled and turned to her husband and said, “I want a hat like THAT!”
“How about exactly like this one, ”the older woman said, pulling the hat off her head and handing it to the young woman.
“Oh, no! I couldn’t possibly…” said the young woman.
“A dear friend made it for me…” said the older woman.
“Oh, then I definitely couldn’t! Your friend!” the young woman said.
“But she made me three hats! And a scarf!” said the older woman, handing her the matching scarf. “She must have suspected I’d run into you here in the elevator.”
“Are you sure??”
“I couldn’t be more sure.”
The young woman hugged the older woman. “I love you,” she said.
“I love you, too!” said the older woman, returning her hug.
The women left the elevator, carrying the same joy that each person who witnessed the exchange carried.
And now that joy is passed on to you, to carry, and to share.
This is the More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible.
Published on CaringBridge.org — January 8, 2017