You cannot plough a field...
by turning it over in your mind.
|Two "fields of Forfar", seen from the trail around the Loch.|
We came upon that Scottish saying, when we visited Glamis Castle yesterday afternoon. And early this morning, on our run "around the loch", the fields in the image above seemed to speak clearly to those words of wisdom. Although, both fields and people benefit from "fallow" times, it seems we must always make effort in order to grow and learn and be enriched by new experiences.
|The next best thing to running in bare feet.|
It takes a little effort at first, but worth every bit!
The effort may be as mundane as preparing a field and then tending to its growth until the time of harvest.
It may be something as simple as questioning "conventional" thought and risking to try something old - like running without enclosing the feet in manufactured cushioning, padding, and "stability control".
It may be building a rough, fortified, hunting lodge and, over 600 years, transforming it into a magical castle - not much "instant gratification" there! But in the long run, breathtaking beauty.
It seems that effort is always a big part of any adventurous endeavour...great or small. I must confess, there are many times when I struggle to make the required effort - staying "fallow" feels safer and I perceive there to be "comfort" there. But then I begin to feel that I've passed my "best before date" and know that effort must be made to remain fully alive.
|Glamis Castle, the ancestral home of the Earls of Strathmore|
and Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Story has it that Shakespeare's Macbeth
murdered Duncan here - yikes!
Truly, the field doesn't change much when it's simply "turned over" in the mind. It's the willingness to make the effort that makes possible the Fall harvest.
Even making the effort to build a sand castle counts! :)