Cronnie Wisdom

Crone is "a phase in which you can be more authentic, more capable of making a difference in your family and in the greater world. Life gives you experience, and when you draw from it, that's true wisdom. By the time a woman is in her crone years, she is in an amazing position to be an influence. To change things for the better, to bring what she knows into a situation, to be able to say, 'Enough is enough.' You don't have to just go along with things, which is often a part of the middle years. You're often something of a loose cannon."
Jean Shinoda Bolen

Sunday, March 15, 2015

I’m like one of those Japanese bowls

In the wonderful serendipitous way that things can happen in life, I found a song today. It's almost as good as finding a puppy, and in certain ways even better. The song captured my heart and opened it wide. As I was listening, I knew this was the theme song for the wise crone. It's the song of her acceptance with aging: a woman who understands herself and is grateful for the gifts of time. The song is written by a Minnesota Folk Singer, Peter Mayer. Just imagine, the wise old crone sitting in a rocking chair by the fire side. A child at her knee asks her a somewhat impertinent question, "Grandmother, why do you have all those wrinkles?" Smiling, she picks up her guitar (or in my imagination a dulcimer) and begins to sing this song to you.
"I’m like one of those Japanese bowls that were made long ago. I have some cracks in me. They have been filled with gold. That’s what they used back then, when they had a bowl to mend. It did not hide the cracks. It made them shine instead. So now every old scar shows, from every time I broke. And anyone’s eyes can see I’m not what I used to be. But in a collector’s mind all of these jagged lines make me more beautiful and worth a much higher price. I’m like one of those Japanese bowls. I was made long ago. I have some cracks you can see.See how they shine of gold."
"But what makes the gold," the child insists. "That easy, my darling. The gold that fills the cracks is the love we give to ourselves." the wise crone shares.

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