November 18, 2017

Ring The Bells That Still Can Ring



Things appear grim these days, globally speaking. But that should not overshadow all the good that can be enjoyed in the time we have remaining, however long that may be. Lots is broken, but lots is still working.

Yesterday Linda and I were viewing Leonard Cohen performing his song "Anthem". As we listened, I thought of how gracefully Cohen aged, and how his experience allowed him to view the world in a more Zen-like manner. He wasn't fighting life (or death), but going with the flow.

When he said,

“Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack in everything 
That's how the light gets in.”,

he reminded us not to fall into despair. Just because we can't do everything, doesn't mean we shouldn't do something. We can't wait for perfect solutions before we act.

Cursing the darkness is not the answer. When we choose Earth-friendly lifestyles we are lighting candles, and every photon helps.We can do what we can do, and use what works.

Simple living is a set of bells that still can ring, loud and clear. Their peal cuts through the void. No change, no peal.



3 comments:

  1. I love this. I am literally ringing bells this season. Bell choir and to raise money for Salvation Army. I'm sure it will be an imperfect offering, but I love the teamwork it takes to make a song.

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    1. Annie,

      That is so great. Music is the best, AND helping others. As close to perfection as one can get.

      Ring them bells.

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  2. Everything about Leonard Cohen just flows into me. Yes, he just flowed. What a beautiful video you linked. Those birds. I loved watching the white geese at the end flow from flight onto the ground, magnificent.

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