“there is nothing but mystery in the world, how it hides behind the fabric of our poor, browbeat days, shining brightly, and we don’t even know it.” Sue Monk Kidd from The Secret Life of Bees.
A few years ago, I found Sue Monk Kidd’s book, The Secret Life of Bees, in a box, I believe, on the road side.
I brought it home and thought to read it, but it would take a few years before I’d actually pick it up.
Once I did, I didn’t resonate with it at first, because some of the content felt disturbing to me emotionally, so I put it away.
Fast forward two or so years and it literally fell off the bookcase at me several months ago. I thought, “OK, I get the picture. I think something’s telling me it’s time to read this book (even though I didn’t like it that much when I tried the first time)!”
So, I did and I am and I’m SO happy that I’m reading it now.
Sue Monk Kidd’s way of writing, putting words together to describe things, is just magical. It’s a book about a young, budding teenager’s journey to finding freedom amidst a troubling past and present. It’s about finding a place that someone belongs, a place of safety, a safe harbor amidst the troubles of life.
It is harrowing, heart wrenching and deeply, quietly beautiful in places. It will move you, if you let it.
This quote stood out, among others, to share with you:
…”there is nothing but mystery in the world, how it hides behind the fabric of our poor, browbeat days, shining brightly, and we don’t even know it.” Sue Monk Kidd from The Secret Life of Bees.
There’s something so true about this quote. How the great mystery of the world is right here, it’s us, it’s who we are, and we forget all the time. (Well, I’ll speak for myself. I forget all the time!) Mostly, we only see it in glimpses and then it’s gone, lost in the jumble of to do’s and expectations and feeling wrong or bad about who we are or what we’re choosing. Or, maybe it gets lost in striving. Striving for what? Perfection? More money? Freedom? Ease? Connection?
What are we striving for?
What are you striving for that may already be in you, be who you actually are?
What will Life be like when there’s nothing to strive for?
Write your responses below. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely and with Aloha Nui Loa,