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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #845 - #FalltoRenew

15 Oct, 2018

FALL TO RENEW


"I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves."
Ann Drake

"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn."
Elizabeth Lawrence

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree."
Emily Brontė

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
L.M. Montgomery
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES


The earth is still turning.
The seasons move on, one to the next,
never here for long
but always returning.
There is comfort in that,
and comfort in the fact
that in history
although people have died,
countries have been destroyed,
civilizations have fallen,
life itself has continued on.

It may not be us.

People may have worn out their welcome on this planet,
and Americans, certainly, may have worn out their welcome
not just on this planet
but to the rest of the inhabitants of this orb we call home.
But life itself in some form
will continue on.

Probably.

Are we doing what we need to do to save ourselves,
to save our civilization?
Of course not.

Are we doing what we need to do to live and create and love fully now?
Also no.

This morning I feel like Cassandra,
wailing against the prevailing winds.
I will wail again tomorrow.
I will wail again in winter.

Right now I will take solace in the view from my windows,
in the work I do alone and with others,
in the love I feel and receive,
in food and drink and music and words,
in the turning of the seasons,
in hope itself.

Right now I will take solace
that there is still hope.


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