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Tuesday
Jul052011

Quacking

One of the most interesting qualities children have is their natural instinct to simply broadcast, unfiltered and unapologetically, to the world, exactly what it is they are thinking or feeling in that moment. As children age and mature into adulthood, they learn from their environment how to discern and exercise restraint, to extend courtesy by refraining from raw, unsolicited outbursts, and to be quiet.

While visiting a local park and picnic area, a group of baby ducks emerged from the water's edge to warm themselves in the sun. The first few people who had noticed the flock, all adults, said nothing in speech or action to acknowledge their presence. The ducks themselves were silent too. It was as if each duckling was in the process of earning their flight feathers in this training drill, as they dutifully stayed in line, and then found their place on the field to satisfy part A of their exam. Tired from their exercise, the warmth dared them to keep their eyes open.

The park benches were filled with silent observers, some wrinkled, some less wrinkled, some holding hands with another, some holding hope in their fingertips, some remembering, some wanting to forget... all extending courtesy and staying quiet in their thoughts. The little girl bounding down the sidewalk could not have been more than 4 years old, her freckles tacked down angelic on her face and held her smile permanent. Her riot of strawberry blond curls were contagious, springing with energy that transferred instantly to all those who witnessed them and her chatter snapped passerbys out of their reveries. She squealed with delight upon seeing the flock of ducklings and tip toed towards them with the grace of an elephant. She said "hello babies." The child could not contain her excitement when one single duckling, looking her straight in the eye, quacked. She burst into tears and laughter at the same time, awestruck that Nature would speak her language. In that moment, we all became children.

Monday
Jul042011

Independence

"Declaration of Independence, the solemn declaration of the Congress of the United States of America, on the 4th of July 1776, by which they formally renounced their subjection to the government of Great Britain"

Noah Webster 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language

 

Happy Birthday America.

Saturday
Jul022011

DIN

DIN = Do It Now. 

Ever notice how a cloud burst waits for no one, how a sunrise will come up whether you are ready for it to do so or not, or even how life's moments in general, will continue on and happen even if you do not snap the picture or jot it down? It is almost as if the Universe knows that once something starts doing, producing something else, be it breath or content (fill in the blank with an action), it cannot stop doing so... the ball is set in motion and everything is a Do It Now moment. To defy the nature of things, to stop and not produce, to not 'do it now' and live in that moment, is to decay and let those things, like rust for example, do their "do it now" jobs... decomposing the unmoving and getting them out of the way of the things that need that space to DIN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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