“Safety Net” on Turning Towards Life Podcast

by rosemerryt@gmail.com

Even as the whole world can seem to be falling, we have a choice whether to contribute to isolation and fear or to a vast net of generosity and kindness in which we hold one another. Perhaps when we feel most afraid and most isolated, it’s the time to ask ourselves the other side of the question too – are we willing to receive and be open to the support that’s there? Because our turning away from receiving is also our turning away from giving.

Turning Towards Life is a live 30-minute conversation hosted by Justin Wise and Lizzie Winn of Thirdspace. You can find videos of every episode, and more about the project on the Turning Towards Life website, and you can also watch and listen on Instagram, YouTube, and as a podcast on Apple, Google, Amazon Music and Spotify. This episode uses “Safety Net” as its source text.

Safety Net

This morning I woke
thinking of all the people I love
and all the people they love
and how big the net
of lovers. It felt so clear,
all those invisible ties
interwoven like silken threads
strong enough to make a mesh
that for thousands of years
has been woven and rewoven
to catch us all.
Sometimes we go on
as if we forget
about it. Believing only
in the fall. But the net
is just as real. Every day,
with every small kindness,
with every generous act,
we strengthen it. Notice,
even now, how
as the whole world
seems to be falling, it
is there for us as we
walk the day’s tightrope,
how every tie matters.

–Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer,  All the Honey