The object I chose for Safar’s challenge was a cutting from an old, old (like 30 years old) plant my mother had gotten from her sister. It’s rooting on the window ledge over the sink, and every time I do dishes it reminds me of the beauty and simplicity that nature can be. But Safar is right, I believe, that we must return objects to their natural state, for I’ve let this cutting go so long that it’s now root-bound in the vase and has stopped growing. Sometimes we have a tendency to do that to people, too, don’t we… Now it’s time to repot it in good soil… Loved this, Safar! (‘Scuse the bad pix!)
Feel the silence within
Towards the beginning of this week, you were challenged to come to know a natural object and to love it unconditionally.
We often love the thoughtful gifts that loved ones give us and hold on to the object like we’re holding on to that person. Sometimes, it is because we love it, other times, it is because we feel we’d insult the giver if we did not treasure it in our possession.
There are times a relationship has moved on, is dissolved or is immeasurably severed. Often, the objects are passed on, dispossessed or even destroyed. As we let go of the person, we let go of what they materially give us. The object’s value is the value of the relationship.
More destructive relationships are often based on implicit notions of possession. We talk about the person as ‘mine’ and behaviourally act as if they are…
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