Friday, May 29, 2009
Rituals are one of the ways we mark our individual and collective journeys through life. They give us little set-pieces of consistency that we can trust to be the same (more or less) each time we go through them.
They also help us connect to one another both as individuals and as a community. When we celebrate a friend's birthday, we're also recelebrating our own birthdays. When we celebrate a national holiday, we're also reconnecting ourselves as a national community.
Rituals show us where we are at a given time and place. Knowing where we are helps us know what step to take next.