In a gift exchange over Christmas I received Parker Palmer’s latest book, “On the Bring of Everything; Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old.” I’ve wanted to read it since I first heard about it. I like Palmer’s style of writing, with genuine vulnerability and the wisdom he shares through his life experiences. And I’ve always been drawn to learning from those who are forging the path ahead, from older generations. Perhaps it’s a youngest child trait, but it’s a familiar method for me wherein I observe, interpret, and then try to apply any insights to my own path. I deeply appreciate those who are willing to candidly share their life lessons.
In this book, Palmer, now 80 years old, writes, “Looking back, I’m awed by the way that embracing everything — from what I got right to what I got wrong — invites the grace of wholeness… Wholeness does not mean perfection — it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.” How true that is, as I look around at the messiness of my own life… the authentic goodness, the patterns desperate for change, and the beautiful presence of Love throughout it all that is available constantly.
As we get ready to bid farewell to 2019 in just a few days, let us reflect upon both the blessings and the challenges of this year lived. I aim to embrace it for all it had to offer, the “grace of wholeness” it brought into my life. And in a spirit of gratitude I can then release it, trusting the best of it is embedded in my soul eternally... as the journey continues.
May you be inspired!