You Are a Gift
Each one of us, I believe, is a gift the earth is giving to itself now, a unique gift. … You don’t need to be extraordinary. If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. People who can open to the web of life that called us into being, and who can rest in the vitality of that larger body. ~ Joanna Macy
This is such a beautiful sentiment.
It’s a wonderful reminder of a different way to look at the beings that surround me. As gifts the earth gives to itself. It’s easy for me to see this in animals and plants. They seem to me to be the earth’s art forms. Like wondrous holographic poems. Or endlessly original symphonies of aliveness.
It’s harder for me to see humans this way. But I think she’s right.
The thing is, we’re a tricky sort of gift. As Macy says above, we have to open ourselves to the giving. We have to choose the path of belonging, connection, and humility. Human beings are what David Whyte calls that special corner of creation “privileged to refuse its own flowering”.
Our gift to this earth is the conscious choice of participation. The choice to belong. And we must choose it again, every day. It’s a choice that may seem ordinary, but it’s sacred.