It’s the end of the year and the beginning of the new one. Time for reflection and planning. It has been warmish and young shoots have come up through the leaves. The acorns (from which mighty oak trees grow) have sent out roots, looking for homes. Then came the freezing fog, hoar frost with which to make great photos, heck, even the nasty teasel weed looks great all frosted over.
I’m trying to think big thoughts – what happened in the last year, how does that inform the new year, what are the important things to be done. But then, alas, the dogs run into a stinky skunk and much of the day is spent in washing the smell off the dogs, cleaning their bedding, and then cleaning the bathroom – it’s just too cold to wash them outside.
But there really are big thoughts to think. And there are folks who think them and relate them so very well. One of my favorite thinker/relaters is Rebecca Solnit. In a recent article, she talks about climate change and what we will need to do to start to set things right. She is so inspiring and pretty much right on – here are some quotes that really sang to me and I hope they will affect you too. Then please go on to read the entire article – it’s on TomDispatch, a really great site in itself. You can see her complete article here.
“As this wild year comes to an end, we return to the season of gifts. Here’s the gift you’re not going to get soon: any conventional version of Paradise. You know, the place where nothing much happens and nothing is demanded of you.”
“For millions of years, this world has been a great gift to nearly everything living on it, a planet whose atmosphere, temperature, air, water, seasons, and weather were precisely calibrated to allow us — the big us, including forests and oceans, species large and small — to flourish. (Or rather, it was we who were calibrated to its generous, even bounteous, terms.) And that gift is now being destroyed for the benefit of a few members of a single species.”
“The reasons for acting may be somber, but the fight is a gift and an honor. What it will give you in return is meaning, purpose, hope, your best self, some really good company, and the satisfaction of being part of victories also to come.”
Read the full article by Rebecca Solnit. It is very inspiring.
And now we need some time to think and to ponder and to find a good path in the new year. Consult your oracles, toss your coins, throw your cards – this is going to take some mighty envisioning.