Saturday, December 12, 2015

December 12, 2015 - Nothing to Fear

It has certainly been a mild December so far.  Jaunts through the woods are still easy to do, if a bit wet.  The scent in the air is unbelievable, even for someone who lives in Maine and is very used to it.  The freshness of the pine combined with the decaying oak leaves is truly intoxicating.  There is nothing to fear.
I came across this tree and bent down low to the base of it to look at all the moss and lichen growing on it.  The tree didn’t know which way to grow, and so it sent out two main branches, which have been best friends now for many, many years.  This photo doesn’t do their friendship the justice it deserves.  There is nothing to fear.

Capturing the light.

I couldn’t help but notice as I snapped the photo that the sun was captured just outlining where they were holding hands, and I thought to myself how the light never seems to miss even the humblest of friendships if those friendships be true.  Two hearts will always shine the light.  There is nothing to fear.

It seems there’s so much we’re told to worry about these days.  Actually, we have a history of being told to worry.  Just recently in the last 50 years or so, we’ve been told to worry about communists, nuclear attack, another ice age (yes, they tried to scare us with that in the ‘70s), an energy crisis, the swine flu, the bird flu, Ebola, anthrax, global warming, fat in our food, phosphates in our water, getting vaccines, not getting vaccines, and the list goes on.  The world seems to run on fear and worry.

Isn’t it nice, then, that there are some places where the fear and worry never seem to reach?  Oh, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be prudent and act when necessary, but all of the constant fear and worry is exhausting.  Head into the woods, whether it be a wild and remote area, a state preserve, or just a city park.  You’ll find an absence of the fear mongering.  Somehow the woods have managed to survive all this time without being destroyed by the latest menace in the media.  Come to think of it, so have we.

It’s all perspective.  Find that outline of sunshine around a tree or a rock or perhaps just your hand.  Don’t worry.  The light will find you.  There is nothing to fear.

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