Life In The Shadows

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The daylight hours are fairly short this time of year. Mornings will come late and evenings are early in the shadow of Little Elk Mountain. But as I gaze out of the my dinning room window the sun breaks over the ridge and breathes beauty into the little sweet gum tree that popped up in the middle of a stand of Rose Of Sharon bushes. The bright yellow leaves gave been saving the sunshine all year in expectations of short days. It’s when the days are dark that we have to shine our brightest and be the light for someone else.

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Beauty Lingers

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Gently resting in the soft purple flowers the monarch butterfly slowly opens its wings and folds them up again. The steady rhythm is mesmerizing. As I continued to watch I found myself berating in time with the wings. With each pump of wings the day’s stress and negativity just drain away. Science tells us that the reason why a butterfly does this while feeding is because it’s wing muscles are connected to it’s feeding muscles. The reason why we find this so calming is because we’re just as much a part of creation as it is. When we are out in the natural world we instinctively sync up with natural rhythems. Not in some oogie-boogie way but in the same way that water knows it’s course to the sea. If you’re in tune with yourself you’ll notice that when there’s a soft breeze that your heart rate drops a little. When the sun shines we smile more. When wildlife approaches we become still. We might have to be taught how to react but we know that something special is happening.

The Monarch lingers on the bloom long enough for my spirit to completely settle and leave the artificial world of computers behind.

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Community Is Important.

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The geese glide effortlessly across the lake in perfect unison. They seem to do everything together. If one breaks from the group the others soon turn to follow. They are a community and as such are always more successful together. Occasionally we’ll see one or even a pair that are kinda doing their own thing but that’s only temporary. They will soon rejoin the group.

A friend recently posted something to social media that reminded me of the story of Ishi. Ishi in his time was thought to be the last Yahi Indian. His story is tragic and he was a survivor of multiple genocide attacks in the mid 1800s. His remaining family had either died out or disappeared and he was left alone in the wilderness. Ishi wasn’t even his real name but his culture required that he couldn’t speak his own name until another Yahi introduced him formally. He was so alone that he lost his name. The word ishi was his native language for man and would have been used in the same way we would say “human male”. Ishi was very knowledgeable in the old ways. He had lived several years on his own in the wilderness. The years without his community nearly destroyed him. When he joined the modern world he was near death from malnutrition. Ishi only lived a few years in modern society due to an immune systems that was totally unprepared for European disease but if it hadn’t been for that we could have said that his health would have improved. He ate well and it was said that he genuinely enjoyed teaching others the ways of his people. In fact, it’s because of Ishi that we have traditional archery in the United States. During his medical crisis Ishi became friends with his doctor. Namely, Saxon Pope and Pope was “The father of modern archery” in the United States.

I have told the greatly abridged version of the story to make the point that the man who shared the knowledge of primitive survival with the modern world nearly starved to death without his community.

As humans, we may not enjoy the perfect unison that the swimming the geese do but our dependence on our community is just as important to health as clean air and water. No matter how skilled or strong a person is they need a community to support them and appreciate them for their contributions.

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A Life That Works

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The ant is a symbol of strength, work ethics and community. The parable of the Grasshopper and the ant teaches us to work hard and always put something aside for hard times. (Side note, in the original version the Grasshopper dies. It’s my understanding that the lesson is no longer taught that way. Which is sad because the other side of the lesson was that if you don’t take responsibility for your own life nobody else will. But, I digress. ) When I was a kid I marveled at how the ant could work so tirelessly. Cutting leaves and collecting food for long hours. Digging endless tunnels and closing them up again with machine like resilience. As a young man I could hold my own but after a while enthusiasm becomes, well, depleted. I had the energy to work for 12 or even 16 hours per day and still have a little fun before going to bed and doing it all over again but there was no joy in my labor. I began to worry about becoming lazy and falling to fate of the Grasshopper. It wasn’t until I started to gain the perspective of experience that I figured out the ant’s secret. The ant wasn’t just working. It was living it’s purpose. It’s work was far more than just labor. It was an expression of joy. All of that cutting, lifting and digging was an avenue of pleasure. The ant was custom made for the life it lives.

We as humans have a more complex system than that of the ants but the principal of finding and living in your purpose is the same. We might not all be able to earn a living at that purpose but being able to devote a certain portion of the day doing whatever it is that makes you feel like the best version of yourself will help to elevate your overall life experience. It’s the difference between a working life and a life that works.

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Quiet Reflections

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The Greeks had a saying that “In wine there is truth, in water there is health. ” I have always understood that the first half of the proverb related to how one who has indulged himself with a bit too much grape loses inhibition and blurts out whatever he’s thinking. The fullness of the proverb’s meaning impacted my mind when a college roommate stumbled in after a night on the town. He weaved and bobbed his way to the bed and fell into it face first. As the alcohol took away his sense of equilibrium he slowly rolled over and said “Stop the world. I want to get off.” Of course he was creatively referring to the room spinning but his expression kinda stuck with me all these years.

The pace that we keep in the modern world is definitely a dizzying experience. The pattern that I’ve noticed is that we binge on experience. We work long hours and come home to eat, watch T.V. and surf the web. Even when we get a chance to stop and catch a breath, relaxation is done with a counterproductive sense of urgency. It’s like we have never left the rat race at all.

The fishing pier in tonight’s feature image is set in the exact same place where I used to go and just sit by the water. I typically had a Zebco 33 rod and reel with an artificial bait. I didn’t really care if I caught any fish because the gear was just an excuse to be there and watch the water. It was my way of stopping the outside world and exiting the pace for a little while. More often than not I wound up playing with the local bluegills by allowing them to chase the lure all the way to shore. The simplicity of the action allowed me to be distracted just enough to allow deeper thoughts to come to the surface. I could have a conversation with God instead of reciting a wish list and calling it a prayer. It was a way to hit the reset button in my mind and clear all the programs that had locked up in mid process.

Today I don’t really do is much fishing as I do just setting by the water and listening to the birds or watching the butterflies play in breeze. The important thing is to sequester myself away from the pace of the outside world and recharge my batteries.

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On The Edge Of The Storm

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The sun hangs low in the sky and a cold damp chill sweeps through the Appalachian Mountains. In the distance I hear the frogs singing as they prepare to invade the newly formed puddles that sprawl across the old logging trails. It’s rained off and on most of day but the nightfall brings a downpour. We’re on the edge of a storm. I have been running about ten minutes ahead of front and that has kept me out of the high winds. Behind me the sky hangs in ragged tatters as the gathering clouds are ripped apart by the oncoming surge.

A quick snapshot of the oncoming storm as seen through my windshield

Yet in spite of the ominous signs of a major weather event the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains brings you sense of peace. Perhaps it’s the expectations that the mountains provide a degree of shelter. Or maybe it’s knowing that God has a way of working things out regardless of the storms.

I always feel more at ease once I pass by the old trestle bridge in Gauley Bridge. Not only does it mark the point where I’m almost home but it’s also the point where I enter the most sheltered terrain. We’ve had some bad storms in my area. In 2012 a straight line wind came through and did a lot of damage. Then there was the flooding in 2012. But through it all God took care of us. He never really promised that there wouldn’t be storms. He did promise that it would be okay.

As the big blue truck carried me deeper into the hills and mountains the storms were nipping at my heels. As I stepped into the house the rain finally caught up with me and the wind howled in the trees on the ridge line above. There will be the dead and broken branches in the yard to clean up and the odd piece of trim to replace but I thank God for the shelter of my mountains and that we’re all safe and warm.

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Thinking In The Fourth Dimension

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The early morning sun casts a golden hue across the three rivers. The calm water echoes the sky’s dance and God paints another masterpiece. I have only a few minutes of peaceful contemplation on the river’s edge as I prepare for the daily rituals common to my day job. It’s a small window of opportunity to be the real me on my own terms. As I form the picture in my head and plan out what I hope will be the final edit I carefully consider the elements contained within the margins. Light, shadow, color and texture come together in the form of points rays and curves. The goal isn’t as much to capture the shapes formed or the color perceived by the eye as much as it is to preserve the moment imprinted on my soul. I have set a goal for myself to use my lens as tool for expressing life in four dimensions. To do that I have to learn to think in the fourth dimension of time. By the time we graduated from elementary school the three dimensional concept is pretty well drilled into us. That of course being height, width and depth. But outside of the advanced sciences very little effort is commonly spent on time as a coordinate. I can’t really blame the education system. Even the advanced sciences tend to debate about the nature of time. To some of the experts it’s a scale and to others it’s a vector. But neither side of that debate has been able to actually hold time, dissect it and find it’s limits. It’s a feat that is beyond the reach of the laboratory. Oh they can observe it’s effects on the known universe and make mathematical models and predictions but that’s not the same as actually holding onto the substance of time. No, for that task you need an artist. Capturing time is a function of the spirit. It’s only possible to contain small amounts. The tools vary depending on the art form. Canvas and paint, molten metals, earthworks and cement as well as the poet’s pen and the musician’s notes are all tools for dipping into the river of time and bottling up the moment. I have chosen the lens to cage small pieces of this universal force of nature. I have poured into it bits and pieces of myself in an effort to preserve those moments indefinitely and share them with you. Perhaps one day science succeed in bottling up time. If so they will sell it to industry and industry will certainly put it a shelf and for the right price you’ll be able to add hours to your day. But if it were possible to add time to your life would it be satisfying? Or is it better to simply sit by the water and life to your time. I have chosen the latter option. A lifetime is more than the number of days on planet earth. It’s the fulfillment of the soul in those moments.

In closing, let me encourage you to set aside a few minutes of peace to experience a connection with God in His creation. I promise that it will add life to your time.

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