Why are we here, and where do we belong?

Why are the swans here?

They’ve only been in the valley briefly, yet they are exercising proprietorial jurisdiction over the lake. Including warning us about coming too close…

And they appear to be considering nesting here, which would be a first. So what drew them here at this time?

Also, we see extraordinary inner navigation in migrating birds and fish. How do they find their way back to their place of origin when no one has shown them the way?

But what about us?

As human beings in the 21st century, few of us have an enduring identity with a specific place. We often have a more general affinity to a region or culture.

Today, our belongingness is usually shaped by people. Those we spend the most time with.

So how do we cultivate these relationships, these delicate connections, so they sustain and nurture our becoming?

Because this doesn’t happen by chance…

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

This week

A few good words

Musing on connections, I am reminded of The Quiet Before by Gal Beckerman and take solace in the astonishing stories of seemingly fragile threads that lead to dramatic change. If you haven’t read the book, I strongly recommend it. Or start with his On Being conversation with Krista Tippett: How newness enters the world. 🌿