STRONG ROOTS IN NATURE
I went snow shoeing today in the woods behind my house with my co-worker Jessica Eller. It was a cool sunny day and the snow is so clean and wonderful. Without snow shoes yesterday, when I tried to take the dogs for a walk, I was up to my knees in the snow and could not keep going. I borrowed the snow shoes from a neighbor today so we could go enjoy the power and beauty of the woods.
In my moments of despair I find relief in nature. It is my church. The old trees know the stories of harsh winter and bending winds. They have learned to find the light in a crowded woods which chokes out the saplings that can not find the sun. Nearby at the ocean I know the tide will go out but nature tells me it will also come back in again.
The news is mostly bad these days. The winter is harsh and the tide is out. It feels like the world will never change, there is little hope. But when I really quiet myself down I can see the signs of spring coming. Slowly the snow is melting and the tide will come thundering in again.
If I just remember that, I can do my work and not let the bad news take me down. I can't let myself go down now. I need to be standing at this important time. My deep roots must cling to the Earth to ensure survival for another season of living.