Ways to Relate

I offer you three seemingly-simple interrelated ways of touching and taking up one another:

Opening up myself to you and me – clarifying who I am and the life-world I am forming for myself;

Opening my life to receive who you are: you, your life-world, what things are important to you;

Discovering who we are together – the result of our different selves, the “us” that results from me being me and you being you.

Discovery and Opening seem to be helped through some discipline, some restraint:

That I not-need you to fit into my plan;

That I not-need you to press down your ambitions, your sense of justice;

That I not-need know what the outcome of our communion will be.