Wednesday, March 18, 2020

It may seem surprising to speak of the harmony among stones and grass and daffodils and a river, but I definitely see it when I look at these scenes from our memorable 5-mile walk today. The stones seem perfect partners for the silent grass and restful river, and they all seem like friends of the newly blooming daffodils. How lovely, to have harmony holding sway in such simple scenes, in this world of ours that sometimes seems brimful of fear and feuding.

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Thinking of harmony, I recall a dance concert we attended several years ago at Connecticut College – a truly astonishing performance by gifted young dancers. It’s still amazing to me that students taking a dance class three hours per week were able to present such a fluid and refined performance. I couldn’t help but think of the idea of “togetherness” as I watched these inventive dancers glide around the stage. There was cohesion in their movements, a kind of easy harmony among their bodies as they smoothly set forth the themes of the various dances. There was an inspiring singleness among the dancers, as though they were one blended dancer instead of many. There was cohesiveness among them, and camaraderie, and the close bonds that bring people together to make something special. We still owe our admiration and thanks to the young dancers and the college’s Dance Department for doing what the whole world needs to do: work as one in peacefulness and fellowship.

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