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Find the Beauty and the Peace

May 26, 2014

Some disgusting and gut-wrenching stories grabbed this morning. Sure you’ve read them, they appear daily.

There is a lot to despair over, starting with the injustice of random violence, continuing through the stranglehold that greed and power have on our government and the insanity and inequity that brings, and so many other soul crushing and heartbreaking realities of american life (NRA, climate change deniers).

There is just too, too much of it  — the sheer stupid that leads to the condition of our world… it’s numbing.

And yet.. our time here is so limited.  It’s just too sad and too overwhelming to squander our precious lives in that place of despair.  So we do what we can do in our small ways to contribute to something better. In every single moment. Be kind to your kid (so that he learns kindness and returns the same to others), offer what you can to those who don’t have as much (that was sweet last night, Jim, when you offered some food to those two women who have set up residence at the corner of E and 3rd), vote for the right guys and gals (go Robb and Joe), support the causes you think will make things better.

It’s what we can do.

There is a good side to humanity, there’s joy, humor, soul.

I read this poem this morning and it validated another thing we can do: see beauty, live in it, revel in it, love it.

 

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

— Wendell Berry

There is beauty.

So..let’s see…  a picture.. hang on, digging something(s) out of the archives..looking for a couple places where I have lain quietly next to still and beautiful water..brb.

Here are a couple:

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I do love those moments and those places, and appreciate them profoundly. These moments of beauty bring me to intense inner peace.

And that’s what we all need.

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