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on mystery

July 29th, 2009 by

I’m hearing the word “mystery” a lot these days, and I’m using it myself.  My friend, Colin, gave me a small framed quote that reads:

“Let mystery have its place in you, do not always be turning up your whole soil with the plowshare of self examination, but have a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring, and reserve a nook of shadow for the passing bird; keep a place in your heart for the unexpected guests, an altar for the unknown gods.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

I realize I don’t always do that.  It’s been hard to trust in the mystery and believe it’s a good one.  But it is.  I know that now.  And though knowing and doing are two very different birds,  each day I lean a little bit more into that truth.  Now I question my fears.  I keep breathing.  The wings of my heart flap a bit.  It’s all good.

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