Bird Droppings August 2, 2011
When I walk out in the dark of the morning on a clear day the pines to my left seem nearly black. I joke they would be a good setting for a horror film. The trees form a wall of pine. They were planted so close you literally cannot see but a few feet in even in day light. However local deer and wild turkey love them and daily we see the big birds or does and fawns coming in and out. Still in the morning that black wall is perplexing. Today as I walked the dog on our way to put her out for the day I was greeted by the sounds of morning doves calling off in the pines.
“Keep a green tree alive in your heart and a songbird may come to sing there.” Chinese Proverb
Maybe a simple thought to start with. As I start a bit later than normal still sort of glowing in that back to school newness it has been interesting. Continually when I go out even to Quick Trip I end up meeting former students and friends, each of them have been pieces in that puzzle of my life. This morning as I picked up my energy drink at Quick Trip a student from years ago she is pregnant and due in a month. On her way to work and borrowing from a comically bit of whimsy “happy as a clam”, I never quite understood how clams were happy.
One aspect that I found most recently however is that when I am walking about be it looking for the good, the bright, or happy have a green tree in your heart and as the proverb states then maybe a song bird will come sing.
“When you were born, you cried and everybody else was happy. The only question that matters is this: When you die, will YOU be happy when everybody else is crying?” Dr.Tony Campolo
In 1970 or so I sat in his class at Eastern Baptist College in St. David’s Pennsylvania that feels like a life time ago. Very few people could walk in a room and fire it up the way Dr. Tony Camplolo could. I never while I attended Eastern College saw him not smiling, joking, and living to the fullest. One of the books he wrote Carpe Diem explains his philosophy “Seize the day” –
“Occasionally in life there are those moments is based on that unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols we call words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“The primary joy of life is acceptance, approval, the sense of appreciation and companionship of our human comrades. Many men do not understand that the need for fellowship is really as deep as the need for food, and so they go through life accepting many substitutes for genuine, warm, simple.” Joshua Loth Liebman
We are communal beings we thrive on fellowship and on acceptance. It is true many do never understand the need within us for fellowship. For many I am a loner yet within my day I make contact with several hundreds in writing and in conversation. I consider many my friends that I merely met today. One word stood out as I reviewed Liebman words and that is appreciation. As I look at life sometimes when we show appreciation not only is itself gratifying but it too stimulates the person we appreciate. It is symbiotic, that is what we are about I do think, symbiosis.
“Joy, has no cost.” Marianne Williamson
Lecturer and writer of “new age” materials there is one aspect I have noticed in her writings and that is her optimism, a continually up lifting note. She promotes searching for and looking for that silver lining to the clouds in life and reminds us that joy has no cost it is free and waiting for your choice to have it. The other day as I talked with an old friend, what was a moment of pause, a period of time in my life when I felt pushed away and as did he.
I had come to realize had I not gone a different direction I would not be here where I am and I am where I need to be now. I may get pushed away, fired, turned around, but only to where I need to be at that time. In reality it is not a significant change in outlook only a few words and one or two steps. When we focus on the reasons of the past it is so difficult to see reasons of now. When bitterness holds a chain around your neck you cannot rise up and finish crossing the stream. You are held down and drowning floundering in the water.
Take the effort pull up on to the rock and cross, it is Carpe Diem as Dr. Tony Campolo lives his life, seize the day and it will be a joyous one. My dear friends each moment each hour we flounder and keeps us shackled. There is just too much out there to worried over “spilled milk”. Keep your eyes open and see the world around you as you have a glorious and joyous day. Please keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your hearts.