Well Trodden Paths
A friend of mine recently introduced me to the On Being podcast with Krista TIppett (I know, I'm pretty late to the party), and I can't get enough. Her questions are important and the answers are honest and vulnerable. I have yet to listen to an interview without scribbling down notes and I always walk away refreshed and encouraged.
A reoccurring topic between Krista and her guests is that of community. When they enjoy it, where they find it, how our culture is manifesting community. And the general consensus is that, whether conscious or not, we are making our way back to a tribal nature. Individuals are realizing that life is sweeter when enjoyed together.
One of my favorites was a recent interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast, a 90 year old Benedict Monk who spoke slowly and beautifully about gratitude and the importance of a network:
There are many, many communes and other groups out there — that live network, or a network of friends, a network of women who serve. These networks, they are the future. Raimundo Panikkar, one of the great minds of the 20th century, said "the future will not be a new, big tower of power. Our hope in the future is the hope into well trodden paths from house to house," These well trodden paths from house to house. That is the image that holds a lot of promise for our future.
What a beautiful picture. May our steps be worn, our door knobs shiny from turn after turn, our welcome mats tattered and dirty. May there be well trodden path to and from each of our houses, welcoming community and living life together.