WORDS LIKE LIGHT
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
PASSION AND COMPOSURE
I am slowly becoming more skilled at working and resting at the same time, something I often see in nature. Trees, for instance, seem to be busily working when they sway in strong winds, tossing their limbs in a spirited manner, but they also seem absolutely stress-free. Perhaps their secret is that they don’t resist, but simply settle back and let the wind do most of the work, allowing them to sway tirelessly for hours. I see a similar situation now, in these days of autumn, when leaves are offhandedly floating to the ground in effortless ways, which enables them, in just a few days, to completely cover square miles of land with their colors. This is an astonishing achievement, one that would take we humans a supreme effort, and yet the loose and untroubled leaves do it in a seemingly leisurely way. And of course there are the coming snowfalls, perhaps the most restful of nature’s activities, when whole crews of snowflakes float in perfect peacefulness across the landscape. Within a few hours, a sovereign state of snow can set itself up across a landscape, and it does it in the quietest possible way. A snowstorm has a way of combining effort and restfulness, something I greatly admire. Perhaps my goal in life should be to live like autumn leaves and snowflakes, with both passion and composure.
IN PATIENCE In Patience, South Carolina, people show tolerance even for raving storms. Sometimes their self-restraint when facing problems seems similar to trees kindly caring for high winds by waving to them. People in this uncomplaining town are almost imperturbable, particularly when trouble blows through. Somehow, they effortlessly find a way to welcome the trouble as an affable consultant able to advise on a new trail to take. You can't believe the calmness that almost constantly comes over people in Patience, as if calmness is a gift that keeps on giving in this town, as if serenity always streams through them like light breezes in trees. Doggedness doesn't come any tougher than in Patience, where even death is endured with indefatigable kindness. If you visit Patience, perseverance and composure will walk around town with you.
Here are some scenes from our sunrise walk this morning on Napatree Point …