Gilbert's words with my morning coffee, the day after a long hike and some rather profound introspection and philosophical discussion on a mountain, have me thinking. Thinking about the threads of connection and words and interactions that create ripples. Some of those ripples are positive, while others leave a heavy stain the requires a lot of internal scrubbing. But in this case, Gilbert was influenced by David Whyte, who coined the phrase "the arrogance of belonging" and "claims that it is an absolutely vital privilege to cultivate if you with to interact more vividly with life" (Gilbert paraphrasing Whyte). And here those very words are, smacking me in the forehead, because interacting more vividly with life is exactly the course I want to sign up for! Positively sparkling ripples, joining the ripples of dazzling hikes and art rumpuses.
Vivid might be a wee bit of an understatement.
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