The Spoked Wheel - Mark Nepo
What we reach for may be different,
But what makes us reach is the same.
Imagine that each of us is a spoke in an infinite wheel, and, though each spoke is essential in keeping the Wheel whole, no two spokes are the same. The rim of that Wheel is our living sense of community, family, and relationship, but the common hub where all the spokes join is the one center where all souls meet. So, as I move out into the world, I live out my uniqueness, but when I dare to look into my core, I come upon the one common center where all lives begin. In that center, we are one and the same. In this way, we live out the paradox of being both unique and the same. For mysteriously and powerfully, when I look deep enough into you, I find me, and when you dare to hear my fear in the recess of your heart, you recognize it as your secret that you thought no one else knew.
Not surprisingly, like most people, in the first half of my life, I worked very hard to understand and strengthen my uniqueness. But in the second half of my life, now I marvel at the mysterious oneness of our spirit.