Do you know of the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?
The Green Knight appears in Camelot one day, a giant, imposing figure with a huge axe in one hand and bough of holly in the other. He issues a challenge to all of the knights present, daring one of them to strike his neck and take his head from his body. He boldly proclaims that one year onwards, the favor will be returned. It's a completely ludicrous proposition; it doesn't make any sense at all.
Gawain steps forward, before Arthur can stand and answer. Seconds later, the Green Knight's head topples from his shoulders with one fluid arc of Gawain's sword. The Green Knight's headless torso keeps standing, and then proceeds to pick up its own severed head from the ground and walk slowly and purposely out of the great hall. His last words echo for what seems to be an eternity:
"Come find me in a year and a day."
The enormity of the exchange dawns upon Gawain. I will give you everything of mine, and in turn, you will surrender everything of yours, and in giving up all we think we have or believe we own or trust we are, we may both find something greater and more expansive than we ever thought was possible about ourselves and each other.
I think about this tale whenever I look back at everything that transpired on the Playa, and what came to be in the months that followed.
Things, sometimes do not turn out according to one's wishes. But, we all make choices.
Surrender everything, and come find yourself.
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A long time ago, a friend told me my ability to bear my heart openly and fully in anything I did was my greatest strength, not my greatest weakness.
Thank you. You were right.