Monday, February 15, 2010

Buck Moon - Form the Field Guide to Insects - February 14, 2010


Eighty-eight thousand six-hundred

different species in North America. In the trees, the grasses

around us. maybe more, maybe

several million on each acre of earth. This one

as well as any other...

...Where, resting, you feel

the perfection, the rising, the happiness

of their dark wings.

Yesterday Mary couldn't concentrate and the crows chased her away from the kingdom of the family of things. Today, in insects she sees perfection in every corner of the world where the insects sing of interconnection, or belonging, of possible happiness for us here, now. This sense of belonging seems so illusive, so hard won, and then sometimes a moment of grace descends and asks us to rise in joy with it. I am thinking of yesterday too, where I went with some 15 Unitarian Universalists from our congregation to La Chua Trail, Payne's Prairie. There we spent 2.5 hours sighting one kind of bird after other in the cold wind under a sharp gifting blue sky. They came to earth in their wings, one Red-shouldered Hawk eating a snake in front of us, a Sora limping through the reeds, a Bittern in solitary repose - all singing of the love flying within.

Where does perfection appear in your life?

1 comment:

  1. Perfectionism has directed much of my life. If I set a goal for myself, I expect to do it to the best of my ability and usually I reach my goal and then some. I have learned not to accept other people's goals as my own unless my judgement says that I want to do that, too. I find it interesting that though I expect perfection from myself, I do not expect it from others, particularly children.

    For example; Now I know what I missed of the La Chua Trail, and next month I plan to do the extended part. I probably could have done it yesterday, but my mind told me to wait, since it was only four weeks from surgery. I can't mess it up by overdoing or I will have to delay the rest. By next month my goal is to do the second part. My perfectionism makes me know that it will happen. I have to follow my heart.

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