Those of you who know me or follow any of my writing know that Mark Nepo is an author who has changed my world view – opening me to the possibility of healing, of authenticity, of hope. These past few months have been dark, and some around me have tried to come with me beyond the glass, forcing their views and their help and their worry upon me. For me, Mark’s entry on this day speaks volumes to what we can and can not do for one another…
The living terrain of relationship actually exists in the overlap of our inmost natures.[…] Every authentic relationship becomes a home where we return from our solitary communions with God.
Never was this clearer to me than when wheeling Anne, my partner of twenty years, to the operating room where she would have surgery for cancer. I went as far as I could and watched her grow smaller through the glass doors. I realized then that […] each of us must go beyond the glass doors of our experience alone. And the work of compassion is to guide our dear ones as far as we can and to be there when they return. But no one can go beyond the glass doors for us or with us.
~ Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening – (entry for July 31, p. 253)