Tuesday, December 15, 2009

...two words...

Edward Morgan (E.M.) Forster (1 January 1879 – 7 June 1970), was an English novelist, short story writer, and essayist. He is known for his well-plotted novels examining class difference and hypocrisy, and also the attitudes towards gender and homosexuality in early 20th-century British society (A Passage to India, A Room With a View, Howards End). Forster's humanistic impulse  may be aptly summed up in the epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End, where he says: "Only Connect".

I love Forster's two word exhortation.  It holds so many possibilities, so much meaning.  It is particularly apt during the holiday season...connecting to our loved ones and to people who may be alone or lonely.  Too many people roam around invisible, unnoticed, discounted, unattended to.......  It costs little to pay attention, to notice, to smile, to make eye contact, to connect, to reach out.  To pay attention and to connect are acts of compassion, acts of love......a gift.



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11 comments:

  1. Truly, yes, I see all the possibilities these two words hold for our intention during the holiday season. What a great reference to embrace as we head into these last few days of preparation! Thanks for sharing your insightful viewpoint.

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  2. those two words cary so much meaning...and require you to "be present"...

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  3. Wonderful, thought-provoking post. We should all strive to do this.

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  4. So simple. So profound. So not done often enough.

    Thanks for the reminder Bonnie (and Edward).

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  5. Wise words indeed, Bonnie, especially - as you say - at Christmas.

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  6. Bonnie, we're on the same wavelength. My next post is already prepared and is along the same lines. It's a time for happines, love, prayer and compassion for those less fortunate. xa

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  7. Whatever happened to eye contact? It seems to be vanishing from every day life.

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  8. A lovely little gem, Bonnie. It does feel so good to connect with people, even strangers and even briefly. Calgary is an easy place to do this as people are so generally very open to friendly gestures. In the little village in France where I used to live years ago, this kind of spontaneity was viewed with suspicion and I stopped being so friendly, but thirty years later, I don't care so much what others think.

    I really enjoy your little nuggets.

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  9. Not only at this time of year, but all THROUGH the year. Nice post!

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  10. I agree. We live more fully when we connect, especially in the places we've been disconnected before. I might edit the two words to:

    "Connect more."

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