Follow Michael Done
For all the other shy boys I grew up with.
Yep, we all wanted to ask her to dance … but we just couldn’t!
A 2-week retreat in Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh’s acclaimed Zen practice centre in France, has helped me see more clearly what I’m really interested in. It has also revealed many things I’m really not interested in. If, like me, you are not interested in many things, this diary entry may interest you 🙂
One thing all us boys know is that girls are really, really nice.
One thing all us shy boys know is that girls are also really, really scary!
A dear friend invited me recently to share what I’d say if I could go back and give some advice to my 14-year-old self. I thought about it for a while, then realised that the advice I would offer my 14-year-old back then is the same advice I offer myself now, fifty years later …
Here’s a little light-hearted meditation I’ve been playing with lately. It peels back some layers of what might be called the “circumstantial me”. As each layer peels away, I look around smilingly to see what’s left of me, and I ask the question afresh … “Who Am I?”
Come, beloved one, let us speak tenderly with one another.
Sit up close to me where you can hear me breathing.
See, I am vulnerable and undefended too.
Like you, I have no protection from the pains and fears of being alive and being me.
I awoke this morning acutely aware of my physical frailties and deep personal imperfections. My first and familiar reaction was disappointment. Then an idea came to me, harvested from a little crop of patience I’ve been cultivating, and I remembered that this frail, imperfect me is in fact the perfect offering!