Saturday, January 30, 2016

Further and Deeper...

In no time at all the golden sun melted the white frost blanketing the fields surrounding our home this morning. Not a single cloud stood between heaven and earth once its warming rays hurdled the horizon and drenched my world with infused light. Hardy grass, which has remained green throughout the winter, shook off the chill, stiffened, and reached upward gathering in warmth and life-giving energy. Bluebirds, cardinals, and ground sparrows chirped and foraged. All of creation seemed happy.

With a smile and wonder, I greeted the brilliant skies. Attaching the trailer to the four-wheeler, soon  it was heaped with a mound of branches winds had torn from the trunks and sturdier limbs of trees, scattering them across our landscape. Less than one-hundred yards away was my destination for the load of twigs and pine cones. At the edge of the pond was a circle of stones forming the fire pit where I would deposit them.

But my journey this day was so much fuller than the trailer and further than the fireplace. At one point I stopped mid-stride and thought...

Is there anything more fragrant than a wood fire? Is there not a mystical quality to the twisting, slow-dance of the wispy blue smoke teased by slight breezes? What about the kingfisher chattering and nervously zipping back and forth across the pond--does it not quicken something inside me? And the screeching hawk way up there in the sky, does it not stir within me longings for adventure? Those  geese unseen, but not unheard, do they not inspire a flight with like-minded companions to new discoveries?

Sometimes we go furthest and live deepest when we stand still...




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