Thursday, November 23, 2006

Giving Thanks...


Click on photo to enlarge - courtesy of NASA and my tax dollars.
A planet this lovely is very hard to come by.
We give thanks today for the bountiful world we inherited and every species we share it with...
Thoughts on November...
"Even On It's Brightest Day,
November Sings A Solemn Song"
Lene Gary at Counting Petals
Lene asked me to share my reflections on her November 20th post here at Earth Home Garden, so here they are, slightly edited.
Born on November 14th, mid month, I must say that, even on my brightest days, I sing a somewhat solemn song.
Solemn being defined as:
1. Deeply earnest; serious; grave.
2. Of impressive and serious nature.
3. Performed with full ceremony.
4. Invoking the force of religion; sacred.
5. Gloomy; somber.
The American Heritage Dictionary
I'm often guilty of those solemn November traits, but I might eliminate the word religion and re-phrase the number 4 definition to read, 'Invoking the force of the sacred.'
But then, I guess my religion is Nature, all of which I find sacred.
Winter is a very serious time for survival in the natural world and by November it may be too late to prepare oneself for the long cold darkness.
Thus come the solemn thoughts of self-doubt, when I sometimes feel as if we humans are in the November of our existence, ill-prepared for December and January, as we stare at our reflections in the ice...
...but, when Spring does come again, I'll dance & sing, and devour her as if she were the last delicious supper.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Laura said...

Beautiful, Jim. Thank you for your thankfulness. Some seem to think jolly levity is the only way to be loving and thankful. There are other ways.

8:26 AM  
Blogger roger said...

thanks to your own self for sharing wonderful and very real parts of your life. i think we all see more if we each hold up pieces of our own lives for others to see.

7:30 AM  
Blogger lenĂ© said...

This is just a beautiful piece you've written. It speaks to the immediate condition of the natural world, to your person and place in it, and to our larger relationship as humans. I just love it!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

that's a gorgeous picture. it is a nice planet. we are a selfish bunch; but, i'm confident if everyone took the time to see what we're doing now and what we COULD do, even if a little, we'd all contribute.

i sold my huge car, bought a toyota, gave up meat & dairy (mostly), and changed all my bulbs. yay for me!

10:15 AM  

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