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Living/Dying Man

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August 16, 2022

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Living/Dying Man

Reality is clarifying,
Death becomes less terrifying,
When you look it straight in the eye.

– Barbara McAfee –

Living/Dying Man

“After he was diagnosed, we had a lot of conversation about how we were going to face the harsh reality that ALS is always fatal. We didn’t want to waste our precious time trying to chase down miracle cures or doing things that might extend his life for a few days or weeks. What was the point of a few more days if he was suffering? We decided to live ‘hope-free,’ which isn’t the same thing as hopeless. It’s about embracing the reality of what is. Jamie was very clear that he didn’t want to focus on the fact that he was dying. He was alive, and he intended to keep living fully, every single moment, until death took him. For both of us, that meant that we couldn’t squander time. It also felt essential not to squander the lessons that living/dying had to teach us. Jamie was all about learning, right up until the end.” In this moving conversation, Jamie’s wife Maren Showkeir, and singer/songwriter Barbara McAfee, discuss the profound lessons gleaned from Jamie’s way. A dear friend of the Showkeirs, Barbara was inspired to write and share “Living/Dying Man,” a stunning musical tribute to Jamie. Listen to the song, and read the conversation here. { read more }

Be The Change

Today marks the seventh anniversary of Jamie’s passing, and the 70th anniversary of his birth. If inspired to, you can send a note of appreciation to Maren here. { more }

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Fishing Before You Know How To Fish

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Weekly Reading Aug 15, 2022

Fishing Before You Know How To Fish

–Courtney Martin

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2574.jpgThrough the pines and the one maple I hear her.

I shouldn’t have gone fishing if I didn’t know how to fish.

I shouldn’t have gone fishing if I didn’t know how to fish.

There she stands

legs impossibly long

pink and black polka dot swimsuit baggy

pole in her hands

and a little oval sunfish impossibly on her hook.

I don’t tell her, but I do think

Oh, sweet girl, life is always like that.

Fishing before you know how to fish.

Leaving before you know how to leave.

Speaking before you know how to speak.

Fighting before you know how to fight.

Loving before you know how to love.

Dying before you know how to die.

We are all the child with the pole

worrying about who we’ve hurt.

And we are all the fish on the hook,

hoping for mercy.

Her aunt hears her muttering prayer

and though she hasn’t unhooked a fish in 30 years

grabs the wriggling innocent in her hands

and dislodges metal from cheek.

And this, too, is all of us.

Saved again and again by prayer we didn’t know we were saying

and a witness we forgot was listening.

How do you relate to the notion that life sometimes brings us to a spot where our proficiency is insufficient? Can you share a personal story of a time you were saved by a prayer you didn’t know you were saying and a witness you forgot was listening? What helps you lean into the unknown when faced with a lack of proficiency?

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