Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Renewal


Some of you may recall Mabel the Maple that Hurricane Leslie knocked right over, roots and all. Just about out of the ground. Dead. Her branches were sawn off and as the job was being finished, Mabel rose again and settled back into the vast hole left by her uprooting. So I left her there to dry out so that Craig, a local furniture maker, could make a lovely outside bench from her. She would live on. But Mabel has taken matters into her own hands and as you can see from the picture, festooned herself in leaves and mini-branches. It takes my breath away.

I think of her as I take my morning quiet time and do some readings and reflection and yes, meditation, on the power of life and rejuvenation, adaptation and change. For that is life, n'est pas?

Ruts and routine can be deadly, stultifying the spirit, filling us with anxiety and the entrapment of addictions and thoughtless consumerism.

Mabel keeps teaching me. I can hardly wait to see what she does next.

15 comments:

  1. Trees and seats... I hope to have a post ready to go live on Sunday, that should be of interest to you!

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  2. It's amazing how quickly nature can restore itself. We often have gorse fires in the Mourne Mountains, but all the undergrowth comes back again very rapidly.

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  3. She will teach you to flourish. It is the way of the Tao. Endings are new beginnings.

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  4. I've got an unbridled growth of nature going on in the two flowerbeds on my patio. I regularly have to go out there with the clippers to keep it somewhat in check and to prevent it from engulfing the clothesline. Nature has a very optimistic will to thrive and survive. We could all learn a lesson from her.

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  5. Good for Mabel! Stubborn in the best sense, and needing little encouragement to carry on as she knows best.

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  6. Nick:

    I always loved those kinds of fires. Clearing out the old for the new growth.

    XO
    WWW

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  7. Ramana:

    I am astonished at all she teaches me.

    XO
    WWW

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  8. OWJ

    And backatcha, ma'am. I can never get enough of your writing.

    XO
    WWW

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  9. Irene:

    It is never too late to reinvent ourselves.

    XO
    WWW

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  10. Oh, interesting. Life is both fragile and incredibly hardy.

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  11. Just catching up with you. Way too busy at this time of year for regular visits. I paused a moment longer than usual at this post. It struck a chord. I, too, constantly marvel at the great, rejuvenative, miracles of nature - even when the stumps of felled aspens, barely above soil level, sprout crowns of green in no time at all, mocking my puny efforts to clear the land.
    Nature, or the parson? I'll take nature every time.

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