December 21, 2020
I don’t ever play those games on Facebook and am generally surprised that others do as this is yet another way in which information is gathered and we are commoditized. But the other day I saw one posted that included the question what is your favorite season of the year? Like somehow they are not all equally important.
What is it in our human condition that we are so inclined to pass judgement on the natural world? It seems such a reflection of our separation from that world and our lost understanding that all seasons and cycles are equally essential. We have lost our knowing that we humans are the recent arrivals to this ancient living and life giving energy we name Mother Earth.
If we hope to change our course of environmental devastation, we must honor our place here. We must begin to see again, for this is something our ancestors knew well, that we are only one small part of this amazing web of life. As Chief Sealth said, Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
On this day of Winter Solstice, I am reminded of the gifts and blessings of this winter season. The short days that invite us to gather around the hearth fire to share stories of who we are as a people. The long nights that invite us to the dream time that we might create a new vision for the future. The bare trees that remind us that death is bound to life as this season is bound to all others.
Among the blessings of this day and this season, may we find our way home to the web that binds us all together. May we celebrate the bounty and gifts of each season and cycle. There is no wisdom in choosing. As with that princess question, perhaps the best answer is all of them.
Judith – firstname.lastname@example.org