Friday, August 18, 2006

On the Ground

Suppose the world was an animate being. Suppose it was sentient, that it had feelings, that it was connected by those feelings to us and to the stars. Suppose that everything we did, or thought, or wondered had the power to make it better by just a bit. Our good feelings might make more flowers. Our joy might join a torn leaf. Our light-hearted laughter might loosen the choking vines that have tied themselves around a stump.

Life on the planet would all be connected in even more ways than it already is. because we’d realize the goodness would go both ways. One soft touch of a breeze could lighten the weight of heavy heart. The rainbow would be more than a bright light across the sky, because the world would be clear and free to all. It would glow from the inside.

And so would you and I.

Suppose that we were animate beings too. Suppose that we were sentient, that we had feelings, that we were connected by those feeling to the world and to the stars.

Then we’d all feel the pure enjoyment of our feet standing on the ground.
−me strauss Letting me be

4 comments:

Dawn said...

Liz,your words challenge me. I believe that the world is a sentient being. So I ask myself why I don't walk the talk. Your nature posts of late really tap into my imagination. Thanks.

Liz Strauss said...

Hi Dawn,
What a lovely thought it is to be able to spend your walking time interacing with a sentient being in that way. That must make for very happy feet!

Janus Torrell said...

If the world had feelings like most people we would be a great deal of trouble.

(gets hit by tree branches repeatedly for complaining about the leaves on the ground.)

ME Strauss said...

Hi Janus,
You have a point there. I love your example! I guess that would get a bunch of folks to quit complaining abou the weather. . . . Now, that wouldn't be so bad. :)