Tapestry of Life

“Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.”
Richard P. Feynman

The weekly photo challenge got me thinking about the concept of uniqueness. As a rule I tend to look for similarities before differences as I tend to think of us as existing in a shared dependent environment. In this sense on a very basic level, with everything superficial stripped away we are just living breathing temporary entities trying to understand the world around us and dealing with our basic needs.

Beyond this is where the concept of unique begins for me. Our distinctive genetic composition, personalities and experiences mean that no two of us live in exactly the same world nor do we interact with it in the same way. I visualize our unique essence as parts of a grand tapestry with each of us a woven cord made up of many strands stretching out to infinity; the dark strands reveal the negative aspects in our lives – bias, selfishness, hate, envy, cruelty. Other threads shimmer with joy, kindness, love, sharing and empathy. And still other strands are more indeterminate shadings representing commitment, openness, attitude, dedication, symmetry. Each person’s cord is made up of their own unique blend of these threads. None are all a single tone, but each has its own color scheme directed by the composition of threads of the individual’s life. While chance determines the color of the threads representing our place in time, locality, parentage, and access to basic necessities; how we adapt to these challenges or gifts colors the rest of our thread of life.

Although I know that the juxtaposition of light and dark brings depth and definition I can’t help feeling that when I behave badly or engage in negative thoughts that another strand darkens in my life’s cord. As I step back to see beyond myself, I see the threads that braid each of us into individuals intertwine to weave us into the tapestry of life. Whether the overall pattern is beautiful depends on the makeup of each individual’s thread of life as it is woven into the whole. Each of our threads plays a role in the tapestry and the pattern is determined by what is unique in us all.


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