“As you get up in the morning, as you make decisions, as you spend money, make friends, make commitments, you are creating a piece of art called your life.” ~ Mary Catherine Bateson
I made a pact with myself. I promise to fall in love every day.
This morning, I fell in love with a hummingbird, a book, and an author I already loved.
I love her a little more after being seduced by one special passage. She called up my intimate connection to words, how they’ve kissed my lips and danced with my fingertips.
Words! I love words! And baby deer in my yard. Their spots ignite me!
Later, I fall in love with the ecstasy of my naked feet on lush green lawns sewn together by the twin hands of man and Mother Nature.
I listen to the trees tell me secrets of the ages. In the woods, I hear the voices of sages, elders, and wise women who came before, guiding me, helping me, loving me.
In these moments, I fall in love with my choice to take on this human life.
I fall in love with my divine destiny—in all its hardship and agony, desperation and senseless pain.
As a country, we’re like teenagers who keep getting drunk and driving into trees. We’re fighting about whether it’s the car or the alcohol.
It’s the stupidity! It’s the recklessness, the not valuing life.
We must value life again, fall in love with the joy of living, so we may fix what’s broken.
We know in our hearts—most of us—the daily onslaught of personal and collective chaos and sadness that comes with repeated mass murders is no way to live (or die).
We must stop the killing and stop emboldening an environment in which hate is part of the dominant conversation.
Watch enough news, you’ll get depressed and angry, too.
But, how do we turn away from what we know is wrong?
Why did we read Anne Frank and watch Schindler’s List?
Who are we, collectively and individually, as a country? Can we unite?
I alone cannot bring honor back to America again.
However, I can make this commitment: to fall in love with something or someone daily, to keep the love in my heart active so when I go into the world, I don’t stir up hate.
I consciously fall in love with a song on the radio, a new purple pen, or a full moon, bright in the darkness.
I enter the world with the intention to soften the air we all breathe.
One day, I’ll do more, but we must start where we are.
We can keep this commitment: love, consciously.
My resistance against the wretchedness killing our joy isn’t denial, but welcomes us to face the dichotomy of these historical times without shutting down or drowning out truth.
Let’s open the door to love daily. I’ll turn on the light, make some coffee, and let her settle in.
Won’t you join us?
3 thoughts on “What the Elders and Sages Whisper in the Woods.”
Wonderful, Alice! So inspiring to be reminded of how much there is to love, and celebrate in life–every single day! This is what we need to share in America today–to counteract the lies, doubts, and yes, as you say, “stupidites” that seem to prevail at the political level. As a child I spent a lot of time in the woods! I think I learned more from them than just about any adult in my life back then–about my own being, about the wonders of being alive! About a world that has such beauty we did not make, ourselves, but were just gifted with! Many thanks for this lovely piece/peace!
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I love this post, Alice.
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Thank you, Jan!