Tuesday, January 1, 2008
What We Wish For
When I go out to the barn, my horses stick their heads out of their stalls to greet me.
“I see you!” I call to them.
I was reading a wonderful book by Mark Nepo called “The Book of Awakening”. It’s a “day book”, with a short essay for every day of the year. He’s a poet who recovered from cancer and a near-death experience. His view of the world is wise and funny and loving.
The entry for December 31st tells how when Bushmen (and Bushwomen) in Africa greet each other, one calls, “I see you!” and the other answers, “Here I am!”
I’m certain that if my horses could talk, they’d reply to me, “Here I am!” Isn’t that what we are all looking for? The recognition of who we truly are and the comfort of knowing that someone else understands.
I wish everyone a New Year full of peace and hope and love. Here’s to 2008!