Hearing again – the multiple layers of words

Over the weekend, I listened again to the lovely conversation between the poet Naomi Shihab Nye and Krista Tippett.

Even though it impacted me significantly the first time I heard it several years ago, I listened as if for the first time. Again.

Isn’t it interesting that the same words create a reality in different ways in different seasons?

And that’s why words and conversations are so rich. They are multi-layered, bringing to life different realities as we are ready and able to engage with them.

I am so glad we don’t live in a binary world.


“Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside…” is the On Being Podcast episode with Naomi Shihab Nye, originally aired on July 26, 2016, and updated on March 4, 2021.