Parker Palmer is right, in our culture we have a hard time holding the opposites together. We prefer the ease of either/or to the complexities of both/and. Of course, facts are better in black or white. Reasoning are easier in true or false.
However, life is never that simple. What we can’t see/feel/touch we tend to discredit.
The “hidden wholeness” that holds the opposites together is hard for us to see. But does that mean it doesn’t exist? How about these questions: Can Autumn and Spring coexist? How about darkness and light? Or life and death?
The answers is a resounding “Yes” on our planet earth.
I live in the Northern Hemisphere and am experiencing Autumn while my friend in New Zealand is embracing Spring. Darkness in America where I am means it’s light in China. And yes both birth and death happen simultaneously around the globe.
Try to see the paradox and perhaps find new meanings. As Palmer puts it, “opposites do not negate each; they cohabit and co-create in mysterious unity at the heart of reality. Deeper still, they need each other.” Letting go maybe both an ending and beginning.
What maybe some of the hidden wholeness around your life?
Update: Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. ~ Babe Ruth ~