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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
Here we are, the new year...
I thought this poem by the great Maya Angelou would be a good one with which to start off the new year.
Our history is in the earth, in rock and tree, our shared home. We stand upon our past. And that past speaks to us, calling us back to ourselves. History's tears and terrors turn our hearts back to the peace that is every soul's true nature. Seeing the past, acknowledging and accepting all of it, with head and heart engaged, that courageous act unblinds us. Only then are we freed to see distant horizons, and witness new dawns.
When you feel stuck, when the world feels stuck around you, take a moment to sit upon a rock, listen to a tree. They are yourself, and the selves of all who have gone before. They carry the collective wisdom of the eons.
A few of the lines that particularly stand out to me:
You, created only a little lower than
The angels, have crouched too long in
The bruising darkness...
Come, clad in peace and I will sing the songs
The Creator gave to me when I
And the tree and stone were one.
Today, the first and last of every tree
Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the river.
Plant yourself beside me, here beside the river.
Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need
For this bright morning dawning for you.
Lift up your eyes upon
The day breaking for you.
Give birth again
To the dream.
Women, children, men,
Take it into the palms of your hands.
Mold it into the shape of your most
Private need. Sculpt it into
The image of your most public self.
Lift up your hearts.
Each new hour holds new chances
For new beginnings.
The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.
...And say simply
I hope this is the beginning of a beautiful new year for you!
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