In rational thought, we invoke process and reason to ferret out an answer: the right choice, the right path, the right solution. We determine the rationale, carefully evaluate options, assess the risks, and commit to moving forward. It simply makes sense.
In mystery, we live into the situation, allowing answers to spring forth. We agree to be with one another – listening and supporting, but not fixing – until the way forward presents itself. It simply takes time.
Together, they form a paradoxical dialogue between thinking and feeling.
Forgiveness, in the form of acceptance and empathy, creates a space that welcomes both the rational and the mystery. It empowers us to hold that space, allowing the dialogue to unfold.
Forgiveness also frees us from the stress of certainty and opens us to the astonishment of clarity.
Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood. Mary Oliver
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