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Jun 17, 2024

"We don't accomplish anything in this world alone... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something." --Sandra Day O'Connor

I Double Dare You

In a world brimming with jarring headlines and amplified messages of the ever-widening rifts across worldviews, a striking poem by Pavi Mehta unveils a tapestry of ways in which we are inextricably connected. "The edges of things are always deceptive / because we are taught to believe / in endings and beginnings," she begins, observing how "people like to put thingsin their places." Yet, the visceral experience of life doesn't always have such clear delineations, such as when "the red of your heart spills / into the red of the rose spills / into the red of the sunset spills / into mehendi on the hands of a bride. / and who can explain these things?" Threads of interconnection stretch far beyond our comprehension. As the infinite domino effect of each act, word, intention, or situation begins to seep into our cores, she invites, "now tell me the story of your life / (whoever you are) go on / i Double Dare you! / tell me the story of your life / without once touching / mine."


Find a small way to contribute to a greater whole of which you are a part. Listen to others without interjecting your ideas. Do a random act of kindness. Leave a physical space better than you found it, such as by picking up litter or tidying up for the next ones to pass through.