Last night was book-ended by two brilliant pieces of writing. Both by a David.
Firstly, David Whyte’s profound essay on Alone in his wonderful book Consolations. The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words.
“Alone, we live in our bodies as a question rather than a statement.
The permeability of being alone asks us to re-imagine ourselves, to become impatient with ourselves, to tire of the same old story and then slowly, hour by hour, to start to tell the story in a different way, as other parallel ears, ones we were previously unaware of, begin to listen to us more carefully in the silence.“David Whyte, Consolations p4
Then David Robinson’s is a thoughtful call to action in 2020 in his essay How we live together on the Relationships Project blog
“We network and transact more than ever but being well connected is not the same as connecting well. Meaningful time together has been systematically displaced by fast and superficial connection.”
“Relationships between people, rather than between people and the state or people and the market, must become the way in which we think about the world.”
It then struck me that the only place we expect, or indeed need, a gap between questions and answers is in our human interaction.
Holding human space is crucial for us to become all we might be, together.
I am glad you are here. Today.