I have never seen an ugly tree
Never ever ever.
Yes, I’m partial to particular trees
Like this Shagbark Hickory
I have never seen an ugly vegetable
They are only different from each other, even if of the same variety
Each one unique
Is a leek like a tree?
Or is a tree like a leek?
Things that unapologetically show by their beingness the effects of weather, seasons, the Elements colliding with that very thing
Like this bit of road
I will spare you a recent photo of myself
An image caught of this 43 year old face
Gone through seasons of gardening & farming
And more recently, grief, which brings its own character
Wrinkles & silver hair coming like snow
I probably should use eye cream or something
And I will admit to looking at this 43 year old person-tree image, not with the eyes that sees the beauty in trees, or vegetables…
Too much judgement of this surface which is with me every moment of the day
*hiding behind fingers shame*
But the thing is
I really want to see the effects of time & seasons & weather – the external & the internal weathers
So I keep to the woods
I would rather focus on a world where need is the lead
Like a marked path in the woods, need in the world leads us where we, or rather, We need to go
What is truly needed?
Wendell Barry speaks to this.
(Absolutely worth your time to watch the interview with Berry)
William Douglas Horden speaks to this.
Vendana Shiva speaks to this.
Bill McKibban speaks to this.
No doubt, there are many others…
A relaxed belly
An unhurried walk in a place of quiet beauty
Wishing you generous, gentle eyes upon yourself & the world around you
The courage & faith to respond to what is needed in this world
Blessings on all beings