Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

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Razor Thin Line

Cowboy Cottage, East Napa, California, USA

March 10, 2009



This essay, Razor Thin Line, was written at the same time as Making It.



It's a razor thin line.

On that  side of the line is you miss me, you want to be near me, you want to be in my presence, you want to talk with me, you want to lie with me, and you want to hold me. On that side of the line everything pertains to you being around me. On that side of the line it's all about you being around my physical presence.

On this  side of the line is our already  relationship. On this side of the line is our whole, complete, perfect, could not possibly be closer than it already is, the very closest, most intimate two human beings can be with each other relationship.

When you swing to that  side of the line, you're frustrated by being apart from me, by being away from me. You get sad when you're confronted by the finiteness of our time on this Earth - there's not a lot of time  for you to be near me. You want to be here with me. You want to be around me forever.

When you swing to this  side of the line, you don't need to embellish our relationship. It doesn't want any addition, it doesn't need to be altered or changed one iota. On this side of the line our relationship is full, it's perfect, in fact it's a perfect privilege.

When you're on this side of the line, it's clear to me you've distinguished relationship  from physical proximity. When you're on this side of the line with me, I know you get we have relationship even if we don't always have physical proximity.

Try this on for size  with me:

In this distinction you can choose to have relationship  or physical proximity  or both. Which do you choose? Now, what if in this distinction you can choose to have either  relationship or  physical proximity but not both?  Which do you choose now? Now, what if in this distinction you can choose to have relationship but not  physical proximity. Which do you choose now?

When you're on this side of the line, the relationship we have is the perfect privilege, it's the supreme gift. You can't explain it. It just is. We're surrounded by  it. We're surrendered to  it, and thank God we are.

Our lives are always lived from  who we are, always lived with  who we are. We'll never live any other way. This is what winning  in life is. Winning  in life is when we live this way.

We're playing from win  when we live this way. And yes, I do get you'd love to share the details of you winning in life with me, although hankering to share details with me, yearning to tell me the story  of everything good  that's happening for you in this space, may also be on that  side of the line. I know who you are. I know you're in ecstasy because of me. I know your life works because of me. I know you're winning in life because of me.

I know you love me.



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