While the Earth spins
The Tree stands still
We live in a world replete with wisdom — a world in which the very trees themselves and birds and mountains and dogs have something to teach us — yet few of us are ever wise.
As Dante the Little Man and I took our walk through a nearby park this morning, one of the trees spoke to us and said:
Yesterday’s story is today’s story — some rejoice at this prince or that, while others lament; fortunes are made and lost; the children of one man prosper while those of another become orphans. Yesterday, did you feed the hungry, clothe the naked, extend your hand to the fallen? No — and you won’t today either. You prefer to wander desperately like madmen, the buzz of the world echoing in your mind. If only you would take the lesson of the Tree, then would you change your world.
November 10, 2017