Footprints in the Wind sm # 731

Footprints in the Windsm # 731

We can only be present for each other. Stand by each other. Be there. Words don’t do it—they often ring hollow. Intention behind the words helps. But being there, meeting, being to being: this is what it is about. Completing our presence.


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Published in: FootprintsintheWind/sm | on January 3rd, 2007 | 1 Comment »

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  1. On January 8, 2007 at 10:00 pm doug Said:

    Bud has asked that I share a little of where this comes from.

    Part of where this comes from is responding to something I read in Kim Stafford’s book, Early Morning, about his father William Stafford. It seems when William was a child, some bullies were picking on a couple of black school mates of his. “What did you do, Billy? Did you fight?” asked his mother, a strong pacifist. “No Mother, I just went and stood by them,” he said.

    So that is the stand by part.

    Then as I am reading a second translation of Buber’s I and Thou, I am seeing that the most profound thing we can do with anyone (G*d included in each of the anyones) is to be present with them–stand by them.

    But the question it raises is one for us all: What does it mean to complete our presence? Complete our presence with each other? With G*d? In this life space-time?

    What are your thoughts?

    :- Doug.

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