From starry, starry night to a soft patter of rain on the roof and windows. Lovely sound. Soothing. Refreshing. Healing.
Yesterday was perfect for burning the woods and prairie in the yard. Now the fires are definitely safely out. Soon, the woodland ephemerals will emerge.
The rain soaks into the ground moving out the frost. “It’s been a long winter and a cold spring.” Perhaps we have turned a corner and all can move ahead into rejuvenation.
My rocks all are getting a bath. And, I laughed to think about that. Rocks, well, they live underground, except the ones that don’t! They all came pretty much from deep withing the earth at one time. Different forms and now they are solid, but influenced (what is the word I seek?) by elements – earth, air, fire, water. The ones under the earth receive rain that percolates through the soil and in fact, crystals often grow as a result of minerals in the water coming together. So, we all get washed. I wonder what kind of rock I would be if I were one. (I know the tree, thanks to Tracy clued me in, and Tina who designed the tattoo. It’s funny that came up at the UU Conference this weekend which led to my finding the right person to design business cards. Funny Universe. “I do not manipulate. I help people raise their awareness so they can see opportunities. There is free will.” (message from last fall at Yellow River State Forest)
Can people be like that? Can we come from different places, have different personalities and energies, mix, and be OK? To some degree, I believe so. As long as the intentions are positive. So, even when “kerfuffles” occur, those who care, come back around. Like the minerals in the percolating water, we pass through (“I am a stop along the way.” Indigo Girls) and at some point in time perhaps we re-connect more mature, with deeper understanding and compassion.
One more, one more before I close. I caught one portion of Krista Tippett’s On Being yesterday, which was spot on for me. (Have since listened to the entire conversation.) The topic was on “gay marriage” but the underlying concept is on intelligent disagreement and respect of others. The broader reality of how to interact with each other. And, this is what the particular session was about. And, that is where I tend to try to go and figure out. Listen through this broadcast.
Partway in, the guests spoke on civility and doubt. They are like coffee and cream. We need be civil and always ask to be enlightened about other perspectives (doubt) so we can find the points of connection. Because if one “believes” (s)he is always right, then (s)he thinks (sh)he doesn’t need anyone else. The individual might be polite to others, because (s)he wants to manipulate others into doing what (s)he wants.
I hope people can re-connect on a higher level. Because, even though I have made decisions, and Universe and I are working through matters, connections are important to me. Robert Frost “Wild Grapes” – the heart – but allow freedom. “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” – “It will be all right in the end, and if it is not, then it is not the end.”
The underlying concepts and how to come together. OK, enough for early morning. Now, to exercise and do final prep for GED class.