Dear Russell & Friends,
I’ve been up for a while now. Reading, thinking, and writing at the table in a warm quiet house on a cold day is contentedness. I never want to take this quiet house for granted and never want to forget others who have either no shelter or no peace. There is a sense of stewardship for both – – those blessed with shelter should not forget the poor, those who have found peace should not forget the turmoil that led them there. What exactly does this blog mean? As Russell and I meet in person to reflect it is apparent that it means something different, but special to both of us. When the détente group meets at this very table we multiply those interpretations.
Earlier this week I saw Russell exercise his craft. He knows how to code. He made several adjustments to the blog format that would make the experience more pleasant for us and our readers and allow room to grow. It was a pleasure to sit next to my friend and watch how he could execute our ideas. I’m an idea person. I’ve always partnered well with implementers. In marriage, in profession, in friendship – – the yin of ideas craves the yang of execution. It is rare to find both in one person. That used to bother me. I would try and try to be a better implementer. Then I noticed that the implementers were looking for me too. Neither has imminence. Neither stands alone. How rich life looks when lived in partnership.
We passed 1,000 readers yesterday. What did you come here expecting to find? How can we serve you well? I’ve been meditating on those questions. I made a mistake at the last détente, using one precious hour of shared time to show a video that we all could have watched alone before or after. Thankfully, the group is gracious and offered feedback. People who care will correct you in love. That friend who discretely tells you that there is spinach in your teeth is a keeper. We learn from those friends. We learn dental salad awareness and learn that time together wants to be spent completely present. For our next détente I’m asking the participants to come with a question for the group. We’ll write them down and draw them from a hat. Then where will the conversation lead?
I have the same question for you. Where do we go? Where would you like to see this conversation lead? Where to?
Pascal – – 1:16
photo credit: by Jorge de Aguiar [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons