“Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen
A most important lesson of life is the lesson of balance. Without balance our lives are in a constant spin always reeling out of control. Words lose their meaning, thoughts are worthless and life is a day to day circus of confusion. Nouwen’s thought should give us pause for this day. The type of pause that causes us to look at our inner souls and question if we really know ourselves and truly love those around us. Perhaps the wisdom of Solomon can give us some light on this struggle.
1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 7a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
- Sacred space according to Henri Nouwen (awethings.wordpress.com)