“Deny children — or anyone else — the chance to do ‘nothing,’ and we may be denying them the chance to do ‘something’ — to find and do any work that is truly important to themselves or to someone else.”
A brilliant quote from a man with an awesome perspective on life. To make a forest thick, luscious, healthy and sustainable, the trees must be a certain distance apart. If they are too close the roots will tangle, one will “steal” light and will eventually kill the other. Space between two people is the same. Its ok and healthy to have an independent root system and to have your own branches. Our touching leaves can make a better system for those that depends on us than our touching and tangling roots. As humans we get so attached to people and things – well guess what? None of it is yours! All of life and the things in it are on lease only. Embrace the moment, embrace you, embrace the bond between you and another person – but remember space IS healthy!!
We all need space — free from demands, deadlines, expectations and judgments — to explore who we are and what life is all about. Free time, with absolutely no agenda, is rich with potential. How can we grow if we have no space and freedom to dream? Why should we limit ourselves and limit other needed space b/c of our selfish expectations? Why is it that we think being physically close to some one equals a better relationship?
All of us have the responsibility to grow, feed and sustain a forest that is comprised of many more people than you.