Ponder this:

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Illumination

Cloud shadows pass over the hills. Where there was sun, a shadow as big as the whole hill. And then it passes on to the next hill, leaving illumination in its path.
In the mornings the western slopes are dark, in the evening, the eastern sides lie in the shadow of the hill's own mass.
Each hill and each hillside get their shares of both the light and the dark.


I am no more or less than the trees on those hills. I am no more important or necessary in this world than the wildflowers or the geese or the rabbit or the deer. I am no less important either. We are each one of a kind and we are all of a piece. We all live, go dormant, bloom, grow. We all thrash in the winds of the storm, shelter ourselves from wild weather, lose pieces of ourselves and grow protective scars. In this season of young tomato plants growing from seed, growing daily larger and stronger, even after some small unmeant carelessness breaks a branch, I see quite clearly that living things want nothing more than to go on living and growing. We can't help it: We all go on because Life makes it easier to go on than to cease. 


I hope the illumination that I feel, in the wake of this latest passing cloud, remains.
I hope I don't forget how fortunate I am to be alive.
No matter what.

18 comments:

rachel said...

I don't think you will forget, June, but you were wise enough to express yourself powerfully and eloquently in writing, so that some of that feeling has been captured, and can be revisited should you feel it fading.....

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Beautifully said ... hard won wisdom.

Pauline said...

this was a beautiful post. you have a marvelous way of making me see what you see and feel what you feel.

threecollie said...

Very lovely

Bibi said...

A lovely analogy,June...........you are both spirited and spiritual......you won't forget

elizabethm said...

Love this. Perfectly put.

jinksy said...

Elegantly expressed, blogpal. YOU captured magic with your words.

Carolynn said...

Amen.

Fran said...

Nice post to read.

Von said...

How very true!Nicely put.

Wanda said...

No matter what...we can choose to be grateful!

♥...Wanda

Freda said...

Thanks for the reminder that we are all one with the universe. It helps to put things into perspective. Have only just found your blog and hope to share with you on your journey.

Barb said...

You are changed in a way that has altered your thoughts of mortality - you won't forget. Be grateful and joyful. My son wrote me a beautiful note which he gave me today, along with a necklace that has this etched onto it:"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly."

#1Nana said...

It's nice to think that you won't forget, but time has a way of dulling our memories. It's not such a bad thing...it leaves us room to discover all over again how wonderful life can be.

Another lovely post.

Susan said...

Very nice. Thanks.

fiftyodd said...

A new fan. Looking forward to more of your lovely posts.

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