A certain je ne sais quoi happens when essence is touched upon.
There’s a stillness,
a skipped breath.
Words are not enough.
Getting to the core is rarely the straight and easy path we’d like to believe.
Essence is a treasure as much courted as fought against.
Until we give in.
When we realize the journey is as big as the end.
Because we’ve captured everything in so little.
Twice in the last couple of weeks friends faced writing short bios capturing “them” in so few words.
The process is deepening, enlightening, affirming, frustrating and freeing all in one.
Then magically tonight I was reminded of a Remembrance Day edition of Mansbridge One On One (to watch)
Eric McGeer was interviewed for his book “Words of Valediction and Remembrance: Canadian Epitaphs of the Second World War” – a humbling story of sons, husbands and fathers written on the epitaphs of soldiers. A powerful read.
Grieving family members were given more or less 100 characters to capture how they felt, honour their loved one, or leave a message to the world.
“He was only one in a million, but he was mine. Ever remembered by Mother.”
“Another life lost, hearts broken, for what?”
“Shot at dawn. One of the first to enlist. A worthy son of his father.”
“The only child of aged parents.”
“Death is not a barrier to love, Daddy. Kaye”
“Union of a Chinese heart with a Canadian spirit.”
“He stayed with his ship, saved his crew, and a village. We are justly proud.”
The lines to read between are short while meaning extends far beyond words.
Making the effort to find the essence is worth the journey.
What would your 100 characters read?
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Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.