Listening to Leonard Cohen while attempting to do one’s part in making a difference in the world is both soothing and agitating. He never had a song entitled “A Constant Guest,” but he could have.
This week I traveled north to visit the Monterey Institute of International Studies and to recruit for CPT at their Career Fair. When I left Ojai for the Bay Area a week ago I didn’t know in whose home I would be a guest after I left Oakland. I love to travel with this work, and contrary to the English proverb about constant guests, human animals & nonhuman animals make me feel welcome wherever I go. In the spaces and homes I visit, I intend to do my part to give back in gratitude for their willingness to host me. I don’t always know where I’ll be staying the next night, but I travel with clean energy & renewal resources of interaction: faith and goodwill.
I wouldn’t have the chance to hear Leonard’s voice waft through from the living room to the kitchen (whence I’m typing here in Monterey) if it hadn’t been for the kindness of a wise radical feminist pacifist nun in Oakland to connect me with one of her sisters-in-the-struggle to stay with here. A quick phone call down the coast at 7:15am and it was all ready to go. Blessed be.