Make of yourself a light

“We are the people who need to be light for one another.”

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In times of deep darkness, we not only need light — we need to be light for one another. That’s a message we must take to heart as we find ourselves lost once again in the all-too-familiar darkness of America’s culture of violence. Who better to deliver that message than Mary Oliver, in a powerful poem that re-tells the story of the Buddha’s last words. Before he died, she tells us, “He looked into the faces of that frightened crowd” and said, “Make of yourself a light.”

We are the frightened crowd the Buddha looked into as he drew his last breath. We are the people who need to be light for one another.

Parker Palmer

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4 comments on “Make of yourself a light

  1. My analogy through my years of growing up has always been ‘No Fear’ which has never failed me, even to this day, has served me very well. We as a people tend to use what works for us.

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