This book was first recommended to me by my friend Chase and I read it quickly. However, I didn’t really appreciate the text until I was able to read it again—and then spot read it a lot—on my road trip around the U.S. I met a musician, about my age, in New Orleans who had it out on a table; great discussion ensued.
There is not a huge desire to talk up this book because it is already held in high regard (and has been for decades). What I will say is that it is simple, beautiful, compassionate, and something to continue to revisit.
“You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore…But let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another. but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls… Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the string of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music…And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”
Even a ship that wanders the ocean still does not sink to the bottom.
Trees do not choose to whom they give their fruit.