I was at Sissinghurst Gardens the other day. I was deeply touched by the sheer wonder of it all. I couldn’t help but think of the link between wonder and compassion, because that’s what I felt too, a wave of compassion for it all. No doubt, wonder and compassion are inextricably linked.
Do Daffodils smile? Poets say they do. Walking on the sidewalk yesterday I came across these. I stopped and watched them rocking to and fro in the wind. I detected an expression of glee in their yellow faces, and then I saw it – they were smiling.
If there’s one thing this Pandemic has taught us over the past year, it is this: rugged and exaggerated forms of individualism are dangerous. I’ve never been more aware of the strengths of community as I am now. George Bernard Shaw said, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.”
If we want the future to be ethically moral and compassionately successful, we have to shift ourselves from the mindset of “I” to the mindset of “we.”