“One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.” ~John O’Donohue, Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong
I spent yesterday at a seminar in Boulder, listening to one of my favorite contemporary poets, sitting next to one of my favorite people on this earth.
We have known each other since Kate was barely older than Lily is now, which means we have seen and shepherded each other through a quarter-century of transformation. We understand each other’s heartfelt desires and soulful intentions well enough to laugh about them. And cry. Which is good, for while she’s spent much of her working life searching the cosmic menu for the right career, I had my request filled earlier but with a sizable side-order of workaholism. Real funny, Universe.
We found it interesting that the featured speaker yesterday spent much of the day remembering his friend, the Celtic priest and poet John O’Donohue. If you aren’t familiar with his writings, here’s a preview. http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/6224.John_O_Donohue
I also found it intriguing that a key theme of yesterday’s workshop was “the invitation to the conversation.” I had invited my friend to go with me because I’d worked myself into emotional deficit (“A-gain,” to quote Forrest Gump.) and needed recharging. It resulted in a conversation that took our friendship even further. It encouraged us to cross a new thought threshold.
What will this “third third” of our lives look like?
Photo: Chaco Canyon, National Parks Service