Ring the Bells

P20-Ring-the-BellsMusic is much like humor, that which is heavenly to one individual can be tortuous to another. Bob Dylan was popular when I was young. I, however, pretty much classified his music as “Songs by which to hang oneself.” Then one weekend I took a road trip in a VW van from Seattle, Washington to Calgary, Alberta for a family wedding. The only radio station we could get in those (pre-Wi Fi in the palm of your hands) days was airing a weekend long Dylan tribute. My first thought was “Who needs a noose, the trip alone will kill me.”

Me of little faith. By the end of the fifteen hour drive I’d broken through whatever boundaries of space and time divide the intolerable from the divine and was a very much still alive Dylan fan. Fast forward thirty years and I hear Leonard Cohen singing “Anthem” for the first time. Cohen’s (Darth Vader mimics Johnny Cash) delivery makes Dylan sound like Mary Poppins. Fortunately, I was attuned to finding symphonies where I’d previously prayed for silence.

“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering.

There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

I recalled Cohen’s prophetic verse this morning during a conference call with Thought Leaders for our P20 Talks August 2012 Conference. https://www.parenting2pt0.org One lovely woman, Deborah McNellis, was describing how children are like the paper snowflakes they create – each unique yet all of them equal – and the importance of seeing wholeness through the holes. Want though parents do for their children to have happy, peaceful, productive lives, some of their most valuable life experiences will come from surviving the seemingly intolerable – when paper thin perceptions of self give way to awareness of that which is infinite and glorious. So where does all of this leave those of us nurturing a more holistic and dynamic narrative for raising humanity? Embracing humility.

larry wilcox - June 9, 2012

As I film my documentary on Land Grabbing this week I get to see a culture of environmentalists who have two conflciting dogmas. One is about the encironment at all costs and preaches that humans and non humas are equal in value and there should be human zones and non human zones which are taking place now with the wildlands project of Agenda 21 by the UN. The other group agrees that environmentalism is important but do not agree with equal value of species, and do believe that feeding your child is more important than feeding the tortoise. Compromise seems to be the magical missing word with politicians and the regulatory world today who are becoming the “enforcers” while the sheeple sleep. And what does this have to do with Marlaine’s comment on humanity and humility you say? Everything, as discourse is so difficult with people married to the identity of the dogma. Each of these conflicting groups have lost their way to HUMILITY Humility invites light!

Mama Marlaine - June 18, 2012

Thank you Larry for posting such a thoughtful comment. When we better acknowledge the importance of interpersonal communication skills like active listening and conflict mediation, and embrace the wisdom of third party educators as Parenting 2.0 advocates, many current difficulties will find more peaceable resolutions. That which we believe we manifest. Thank you for believing and investing by your actions in a better process. Hugs!!!

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