“I wake up in the morning torn between the desire to save the world or
to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” -E. B. White
As I look over the landscape of topics to discuss, I’m reminded and torn between the options provided in the above quote. Saving the world is difficult and often harbors resentment at the prevailing circumstances, while attempting to enjoy the world is severely hindered by those very same circumstances.
But for today, I’m going to make a conscious effort to enjoy the season at hand with its waning daylight hours. I’ll take in the cooling breath of late fall while wrapped in a warm parka and observe the remaining colors of the now dried out summer leaves... I’ll note the thickening tails of the skittish squirrels in their frantic pace to prepare... The falling temps and the return of the quilt... I’ll take comfort from the effects of strong coffee in inclement weather and seek refuge from the warmth of an overhead reading lamp... I’ll renew my relationship with the snow shovel and prepare the ceremonial fire of the fallen limbs... I’ll examine the abandoned nests of birds and the full moon’s light on barren branches... I’ll anticipate the first snowfall and embrace the promise of the approaching holidays, while bidding farewell to the year’s end, with gratitude at having been blessed with honest labor.
The world is still an Eden, if we view it as such, and the gates are open to those willing to approach them with innocence and maybe, just maybe, during the process we can all assist in saving it. The choice is ours.
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Happy Holidays and good luck in the New Year!
Jim And Mindy Elgas
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