Cracked yet hopeful?

I often come across a quotation that stays with me and this happened last week. The quotation was ascribed to Leonard Cohen, poet and singer. And like many quotations, when I researched it I found it is actually ascribed to several people.  This often happens with interesting quotations that are worthy of mulling!

Lyrics to the song ‘Anthem’ on Cohen’s album The Future include:

Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

It’s a compelling mixture of pragmatism and hope.

Pragmatism. The world is cracked; society is cracked; we are each of us cracked. Perfection is beyond us. It is as it is.

Hope.  We often associate light with hope. To me ‘light’ indicates something other, beyond the everyday of life and yet within the everyday. Something spiritual, healing, of goodness, divine.

I love the image of light shining out through the cracks. Light in the midst of darkness. Hope in the midst of a pragmatic acceptance of brokenness.  

There is truth therein. It bears repeating. It’s worthy of mulling – or as we sometimes put it more commonly these days meditating on.

Let there be light!

Christmas lights are already twinkling everywhere. Outdoors. Indoors.

The lights make the darkness of the evening seem blacker.

I find myself trying to avoid peaking through neighbours’ windows as I walk by – but I am drawn! Drawn to the lights.

And maybe this year – a difficult year – we will find ourselves especially drawn to the twinkling of lights.

I wonder if we are especially drawn to lights this year because they represent hope somehow. Archbishop Tutu said as he was retiring, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”

Look at the lights. As you do, reflect on what hopes the lights represent for you.

And yes as you look at the lights, you will notice the darkness too. Hope comes when we know that the darkness cannot overcome the light.

This is Mindful Monday on 7 December 2020.

Join a mindfulness virtual session on zoom this evening at 7 pm on the theme of light. Simply email hello@essencecheltenham.org for details.