Sometimes I spend all day trying to count the leaves on a single tree. To do this I have to climb branch by branch and write down the numbers in a little book. So I suppose, from their point of view, it's reasonable that my friends say: what foolishness! She's got her head in the clouds again.
But it's not. Of course I have to give up, but by then I'm half crazy with the wonder of it - the abundance of the leaves, the quietness of the branches, the hopelessness of my effort. And I am in that delicious an important place, roaring with laughter, full of earth-praise.
As I lay slumbering in bed, I peek out of the covers to see how the sun attempts to come through the countless leaves of the trees. But perhaps you like me project - the sun is shining whether there are leaves to block the light just as you are shining whether you come out from the covers at a decent hour.
There are countless ways to be useless, beautiful useless.
How about counting the ants?
Hugging every tree in the yard or park?
Reciting poetry to a tortoise?
Saving the parrots or some other endangered species?
May you do something foolish today as a prayer for praise - for yourself and the many others, which are really just you come out of your skin into exoskelton, bark, shell, and feather.
How have you been a fool full of earth praise today?