Towering Sycamore Tree, Filoli, Woodside, California
“The discovery of closeness appears in our life like a ball of lead — something that if wrestled with, will leave markings by which we can understand each other. The work of love is to shape the stuff of relationship into a tool that fits our hands. With each hardship faced, with each illusion confronted, with each trespass looked at and owned, another piece of the chunk is whittled and love begins to become a sacred tool.
When truth is held in compassionate hands, the sharpness of love becomes clear and not hurtful.”
Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening