A respite is an interval of relief, a time between, a quiet spot. For me, this little pocket of time before the New Year really gets going is often a respite. A time for reflection, for going a bit deeper. It’s not yet about planning, doing and pursuing. It’s just about slowing down and being still.
I wanted to share a bit of that with you this time.
In order to honor these spots, I turn to all sorts of resources. Some whimsical, some profound.
So I offer this poem by John Des Camp for you. My friend John is a Portland poet and management consultant. He has a delightful book of musings: “Further Along” available directly from him at firstname.lastname@example.org ($17.95 shipping included)
Fear of the Dark
Good or evil? It’s a false dichotomy; no light without darkness. Deny the darkness? It will surprise and overwhelm you.
We can only guard against what we know. So we get to know our shadows not to conquer them, but to protect those we love.
Me? I favor getting acquainted. Invite them in for tea, or a stiff martini. Have a conversation, spend some time. Give them a name.
Name the shadow, and we reduce it to something that can have a name, no longer a formless malignity.
As with any new friend, ask about its fears; its feelings, hopes, and boundaries. The less strange, the less frightening. Like your dimly remembered Grandfather.