Wind

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sometimes, when a problem seems to be standing in my way, it helps me if -like yesterday – brisk winds are blowing outside. Then, I either sit by a window and watch the winds swaying the trees, or, better still, I walk outside, and soon a question comes to me: Does a wind ever have a problem? A wind blows freely and flexibly, flowing easily around trees and homes and cars and hills. If a wind bumps up against an obstacle – what I might call a “problem” – it simply slides around or over or under it and continues on its easy way. You might say that any situation a wind finds itself in is tailor-made for it, because it will always perform with style and effortlessness, and soon press on with its graceful voyage across the land. I guess the ease and smoothness of winds brings home their best lessons to me. “Just loosen up, Ham”, they seem to say. “Be like us, and go around, over, or under, and the problems will suddenly be transformed into  opportunities for elegance.”  Yesterday, a very windy one,  we took a brisk walk along the water in Noank, and I did hear the wind’s words to me, and I’ve been feeling, ever since, more like a wind than a person, more a part of the spirit of the flowing, infinite universe than a small, separate, worried man.

Here we are, pausing in the wind on our walk …

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Our walk yesterday morning …

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This morning we took a four-mile walk along River Road, with almost no wind blowing. There was a softness in the morning, after yesterday’s rough-housing winds, and we both appreciated the easygoingness of the walk, even though we moved along at a brisk pace. Taking part in the the softness of the morning were these Canada geese that we passed, both seeming as calm as the quiet morning and the silent, restful river and cemetery behind them.

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And finally, here are some magnetic poems on our fridge today …

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