Slice of Life #10- After us the dragons

“Life is never fixed and stable.  It is always mercurial, rolling and splitting, disappearing and re-emerging in a most unpredictable fashion.  I never make a journey to a wood or a mountain without experiencing the temptation to explode a puffball in a new clearing or stopping to encourage some sleepy monster that is just cracking out of the earth mold. This is, of course, an irresponsible attitude, since I cannot tell what will come of it, but if the world hangs on such matters it may be well to act boldly and realize all immanent possibilities at once.  

Shake the seeds out of their pods, I say, launch the milkweed down, and set the lizards scuttling.  We are in a creative universe. Let us then create.  After all, man himself is the unlikely consequence of such forces.  In the spring when a breath of wind sets the propellers of the maple seeds to whirring, I always say to myself hopefully:  After us the dragons.”- Loren C. Eisely

I walk the dogs almost every afternoon, through rain and snow and heat and fog.  But no matter what the weather, I love to go off the beaten path.  As the seasons change from winter to spring those paths are starting to fill with pops of green as plants burst out of the dark soil.  Soon the dandelions will dot the fields and I will be tempted to reach down, pick one, and blow the seeds into the wind.

Loren Eisely challenges us to create.  To smell the flowers, spread the seeds, and turn over the rocks.  Create something.  Be a part of creation.

On today’s rainy walk I was delighted to see plants reaching out of the ground towards the sun.  Soon they will be flowering and spreading across the forest floor.  While winter is beautiful, spring is even more special and beautiful.  So keep reaching, little plant.  Be bold and we will follow.

One Response

  1. I love the idea of creating something or being part of a creation. I’ve always believed that people who walk their dogs regularly are far more in tune with nature than many of us. So fun that you saw some early signs of spring on its way!

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