think that far too often we believe that information is
the only thing to be known in life. Very often we
lose the ability to see life as it is, rather than how we
describe it. We put so much value on words that we
forget that we don't need to assign words to everything
that we know.
know the feeling of standing on a mountaintop in the
spring with a north wind blowing against and around
me. I can't put that feeling into words, nor should
I have to. I know at those times something much more
important than the names of the trees and rocks that are
around me, even if I can't describe it. Knowing it
is enough, if I let it be. It's when I try to find
words to express what I know that I feel the frustration
of not being able to describe something.
world gives us messages all the time. It lets us
know what's important, and what's not. We spend much
of our time, though, either ignoring the messages or
explaining them away through rationalization. People
with ulcers often change nothing in their lives, even
though their own bodies are trying to teach them an
flows, and it goes on and on. Two hundred years from
now, most of the things that are so important to us right
now will be completely forgotten to history, but the
streams will still be flowing, and the mountains still
will be standing. The storms and the sunshine will
still take their turns everywhere, and life will go
on. I'd rather put my time and effort into something
that will contribute to the future, such as encouraging a
young person--who just might pass that encouragement
on--than spending a lot of time and energy trying to buy
the new large-screen TV.
to the rivers--they have much to teach.