Where do you find Both-And?

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“The poles of either-or, the choices we thought we had to make, may become signs of a larger truth than we had even dreamed–and in that truth, our lives may become larger than we ever imagined possible.”
– Parker J. Palmer, The Promise of Paradox

As Parker writes, it’s true that the world is full of very real opposites pulling vigorously against each other. It’s also true that when we are able to “live the contradictions”, we learn to hold the tensions in life-giving ways.

Consider:

Light & Shadow
Alone & Together
Now & Future
Freedom & Discipline
Heartbreak & Hope

What’s on your list of life’s great contradictions?

What “larger truth” might be on your horizon if you embrace a paradox?

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