October 29, 2007
We’ve just returned from a week in the Poconos. On Wednesday the season changed to Autumn - late – Even today I’m not wearing a jacket. Our area is thus far benefitting from our new climate; there’s a longer harvest on the farm.
But I haven’t heard any of our “news” commentators talk of the fires ravaging Southern California as having anything to do with global warming – There are always fires in Southern California. Never like this. Never. And despite the reporting, which may even be true, arson doesn’t mitigate the extraordinary and abnormal scope and ferocity of the destruction.
California doesn’t have seasons like the East. It has fires, mud slides, referendums and Summer. In Los Angeles, it’s cold and nasty until noon and magnificent until 6 when it reverts. I never thought I would feel sad for its weather.
Sorrow prepares you for joy.
It violently sweeps everything out of your house,
so that new joy can find space to enter.
It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart,
so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place.
It pulls up the rotten roots,
so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow.
Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart,
far better things will take their place.
The world is too small, our wisdom too limited, our time here too short, to waste any more of it in winning fleeting victories at other people’s expense. We have to now find a way to triumph together.|
Pray to God, but keep rowing to shore.
Sometimes I wish that I was the weather, you'd bring me up in conversation forever. And when it rained, I'd be the talk of the day.
Such is life.
The sun shines brightly
and we walk in autumn warmth.
A small breeze cools the face.
Leaves shudder slightly
and the trees shed the last
of last night’s rain.
Each droplet catches the sun
and falls like a jewel,
and those that touch my face,
anoint me –
I am blessed to be alive.
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