An éclaircie of humility

The world feels a little strange these days; not only the world at large but also my world, my surroundings. Some of the things I observe seem to be far beyond the norm, or out of the normality.

As a species, we are experiencing something unique, a special moment in time, although it is hard to put a qualifier on it.

Last night, a brief conversation with our son brought what I would call an éclaircie; a respite into this bizarre world; an éclaircie is what happens to the sky between rain showers. It clears up.

Interestingly, the word éclair means ‘lightning’ in English.

What our son taught me brought such a humble moment–a moment when we realize we don’t know everything–even if that something (a word) we learn is small and inconsequential.

I have been living in the US for about three times the age of our son, and yet he mentioned a word I didn’t know.


Such a strange word, and such a strange sound, especially when it is not part of our knowing.

I don’t see any connection between my first sentence and an udder; yet who knows?

It is beautiful to experience such a moment when life takes you by surprise, isn’t it?

It confirms that we can’t know everything and it is ‘udderly’ reassuring.

Gilles Asselin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: An eclaircie of humility

Time: Mar 10, 2022 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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About new desert

Nurturing the Gift of Seeking is about a spiritual "destination," a journey within, a new beginning, that eventually takes us where we are meant to arrive. Some call it Home, yet I am not sure what Home means, and where it is. Enjoy the journey, dear Ones! On this journey, what matters, first and foremost, is our seeking spirit. And the seed of perseverance--or faith, if you will. Happy journey, dear fellow Sisters and Brothers!
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