I read the quote below from the back of a book printed by Bell Tower Books. It speaks of such beauty and reminds me to celebrate Now. To accept the present moment. To remain focused on That Which Is.
“The pure sound of the bell summons us into the present moment.
“The timeless ring of truth is expressed in many different voices, each one magnifying and illuminating the sacred.
“The clarity of its song resonates within us and calls us away from those things which often distract us — that which was, that which might be — to That Which Is.” — Bell Tower Books
And while I am thinking about life and bells and ringing in the truth, I thought of these Leonard Cohen lyrics from “Anthem”:
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
What a great reminder that even though things might not appear to be “perfect,” I still want to be a’ringin’ on the bell. And the cracks? Those things in life that give us pause to question? “That’s how the light gets in.”
This thought is of enormous comfort and encouragement to me. When we don’t try to camouflage the cracks by stuffing them with “stuff” and distractions and placebos — measures we take to disguise That Which Is — and we choose to allow the light to enter, we acknowledge our vulnerabilities, our humanity, our humility. It speaks of allowing and it speaks of embracing.
We hear that nothing is perfect, that we should lower our expectations, that we shouldn’t always expect perfection. That there “is a crack in everything.” Maybe when we consciously and graciously expose our cracked bells to the light and share our vulnerability, we are creating moments of perfection that are inimitable by anyone else on the planet.
This may sound idealistic as I do protest when life is not lining up just so. I freely admit: I do like my Days of Perfection. But. Then I think of my Sweetheart, my family, my friends, my colleagues, my random dance partners, my students, my pets, my neighbors, my doctors, my family who is no longer here on the planet with me . . . the list is long when I take the time to appreciate the immense support of my faltering, cracked, light-exposing humanity.
Life. It is beyond amazing. It is sacred and spiritual and appreciated in ways I cannot express. I understand that these words have been spoken, sung, written before. People have devoted their lives to ringing their bells and expressing the wonders of being alive. Every day truly is a gift.
There is so much going on behind the scenes in the bell tower that I am unaware of. Good stuff that I don’t notice or appreciate. There are those certain and special days when I get a glimpse of the magnanimous machinery that is moving to keep the planet spinning. It is humbling in the best of ways.
My goal today: Embrace That Which Is. Appreciate the larger picture. Ring a bell and say thank you. Say I love you more often today. Smile more. Write a real letter. Tell a stranger that they are awesome. Do not be embarrassed by snorting when I laugh. [Okay, now I am really laughing out loud! :)] Dance for the security cameras. Leave a goofy voice mail message for someone. Dress up in a costume with my best-est friends and make a video. Be happy in That Which Is.