Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Some time ago, I received an email from a friend whose signature on the email consisted of a few lines from Leonard Cohen's song, "Anthem". I'd never heard his "Anthem" before and was struck by these four lines:

Ring the bell that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

She and I discussed the lines in our next email. It turned out that she liked them because they reminded her not to be too much of a perfectionist, while I liked them because, at age 50, I've come to recognize that, though life can leave us with a few cracks and dents here and there, we must nevertheless do the best we can with what's left of us. So, how do you yourself interpret those lines?

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