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arguing with the unarguable

I apologize to those who come to this webpage regularly that it has taken me such a long time to update it this spring. Many unexpected things have risen and am tending to some of the realities arising from "arguing with the unarguable:"

One of these is age. Three weeks ago I turned 70! It is a number that it is taking me some time to encounter and respect. Although I am in great physical health and what most would call good mental acuity, a slowing of energy capacity is making itself subtly evident. I must pay attention, and have been trying to do that while many unexpected demands for it are arising. Thus I am pondering Christina Feldman's phrase in her newest book Boundless Heart, "lay down your arguments with the unarguable."

A poem that has followed me for some years just returned to my awareness and it becomes more real every time I do. It is Wendell Berry's The Real Work:

It may be

that when we no longer know

what to do

we have come to our real work,

and that when

we no longer know

which way to go

we have come to our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled

is not employed.

The impeded stream

is the one that sings.

May you who read this also encounter this poem in its invitation. May you too know the realities that inhabit your own life.

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Mary Beth McCurdy | Reply 25.06.2017 11:01

The work and the journey appear with each surrendering!
A brook without stones has no song!

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Thanks, glad you found it here. I think it's remarkable. Holly's grandmother is one of my long and close friends; it was she who sent it.

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Thanks for posting this. I heard it read from Abbey Theatre in their "Dear Ireland" and was hoping that I would find it on the web. I thought it stole the show.

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