For a lack of attention a thousand forms of loveliness elude us everyday.
~ Evelyn Underhill, Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness
Our weather finally took a turn towards autumn today. Rainy, windy, grey, and blessedly cool. We will be back in the 80’s tomorrow (with mid 70’s for lows), but that looks to be a temporary situation that will be edged out by another front that will lower the temperatures again later in the week.
It was dark when I rolled out of bed early this morning. (I really do roll out. We have a waterbed and if you’ve been on a waterbed, you know that it’s difficult to get out of one unless you roll.) By the time the sky lightened as a result of a sunrise unseen due to heavy cloud cover, it was raining. The rain went from moderate to misty while I waffled between going outside for a walk and getting on the treadmill.
The outdoors won. The treadmill provides a great workout. It also provides something we don’t have on the Eastern Shore — hills. But I wanted to be outside today, enjoying the misty rain and gusty wind. Because of the wind and the rain, the big camera stayed at home and I took photos with my phone.
I was a little agitated when I began my walk. I’ve been agitated over the situation with the latest U.S. Supreme Court nominee and Dr. Ford’s allegations. I know what it’s like to have a Terrible Thing happen when you’re a young girl. I know perfectly well some of the whys when it comes to not reporting such incidents when they happen. I know about the shame and blame game. Unfortunately, I imagine there are a lot of girls and women who know what I’m talking about, who might have their own stories to tell. The amount of courage it took for Dr. Ford to come forward astounds me. With so much on the line, I understand why she did. I don’t know that I could ever be that brave. I am, like many, frustrated with a system run by old white men who will push through this nominee no matter what. Because they just don’t care or, if they do, they are good at giving the appearance of men who just don’t care. Some of these men are the same men who sat there and grilled Anita Hill 27 years ago. 27 years!! and not much has changed.
The elements, particularly the wind and the rain, can be rather healing. Cleansing. That was the case this morning. Even the dark grey clouds were healing, cleansing, and beautiful.
I love to walk. Walking is a spiritual journey and a reflection of living. Each of us must determine which path to take and how far to walk; we must find our own way, what is right for one may not be for another.
~ Edie Littlefield Sundby
This morning there were crows in the woods cawing about magic. When I got out to the road where the sky opens up, two flew by from the east. According to Ted Andrews in his book Animal Speak, two is a number that has feminine aspects and the east is the direction of healing. The geese, who were quiet the last time I posted, were out and about, honking about their travels and adventures. Three squirrels were gathered at the side of the road near the woods beyond the creek, gossiping and chattering about acorns and getting ready for winter. When I turned to go home, a Bald Eagle flew overhead, piping and whistling. As I reached the bridge over the creek, a Great Blue Heron rose up and squawked at me. I probably interrupted his search for breakfast.
My daily walks won’t change the world, but they do have a way of changing how I look at the world. They are a reminder that there is plenty of beauty in this life. Thank you for visiting today, and joining me on another meander. It is still misty outside and I don’t think it’s likely that we’ll be able to see the sunset, but if that should change, we can meet at the dock or the Point. Your choice. Sunset is at 6:59 PM. We’ll have to go extra early if you decide on the dock since the trees on the horizon play a role in how much we’ll be able to see.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂 And a quick reminder that Walktober is coming up. This year’s dates are October 14-28. I hope you’ll find the time to walk and participate. (If you need more time, all you have to do is let me know. If you’re unfamiliar with Walktober, you’ll find a link to a post about it in the sidebar, over there to the right. Or, if you’re using your phone, maybe it’s at the bottom somewhere.)
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 841) Wind and rain and cloudy days that speak to the soul. 842) The way the raindrops gather on the morning glories. 843) Crows and geese, herons and bald eagles. 844) Gossiping squirrels. 845) Walking a new route and seeing new sights.