Signal dropped and making connection (or not)…

Terry Tempest Williams new book “Finding Beauty In A Broken World” arrived yesterday — I’m already consuming it voraciously and quoting it often. Early on I found these words…

“A mosaic is a conversation between what is broken”.

Lovely – yes! It’s why I read all of her published writing…often. She is a master of the creative non-fiction genre. One can learn more about her here.

I’ve been thinking about connections a lot lately and why it’s so hard to make them. We live in a time with more ways of being in touch with one another then ever before – phone, cell phones, mail, e-mail…social networking sites like Facebook, My Space. We can chat, or iChat, or video chat and yet we are on my levels more isolated from one another than ever before.

As we age we seem to throw up walls and obstacles rather than to reach out and make connections Rumi wrote…

“Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

And I go forward quizzically unable to repair these broken connections and reminding myself the lesson of acceptance.

I can say “YES” can you?

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4 Responses to “Signal dropped and making connection (or not)…”

  1. Butch Boo Says:

    “a mind like the restless wind” I like it….

  2. I too have been thinking a lot about connections, but more from the perspective of why connections break, and what I can do to nurture the connections I have. They are all so very important to me.

    I always say “yes” – even when I should probably say “no”

  3. Arial Ray Says:

    we have all this technology, but somehow it doesn’t feel “real” to me. I’ve been struggling with isolation, and I find the internet a distraction, rather than a tool to help me connect. When i get bored, I read blogs – when I feel lonely, having a computer screen to stare at does not make me feel any better.

    I love the Rumi quote because it’s so true – you don’t have to seek love because it’s already there. But I know that my barriers are hard to penetrate – fear keeps me from connecting fully, and fear keeps me from opening to love. The transitions I’ve made lately are because I want to open myself more to love – but sometimes I’m still a scared little girl in a world I don’t understand.

  4. TaraDharma Says:

    I see many people as they age become more isolated. I think we get busy with our work, our families, our this and that. But you’re right — nothing compares to the human connection. A goal of mine as I age is to become more conscious of having deep friendships in my life, because I have always craved the connection of eyes meeting, skin touching, laughing together over a hot cup of coffee on a deck overlooking the bay at 8:30 a.m. on a beautiful morning.

    YES. YES. YES.

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