|Gabriola's shore - magnificent sculpture.|
How our perspective on life and on the natural world changes and sharpens when we get "up close and personal". That's why, in part, I feel so passionate about being on the water and on the trails. You are not a spectator.
On the water or on the trail, you are fully a participant with nature. The waves move you in multiple dimensions. The wind facilitates your passage or resists your every effort. On the trail, you must side step and jump over the roots and rocks that would trip you up. You smell the vegetation and the forest floor, still damp from the cool of the night. On both the water and on the trail, you notice tiny things that would go unseen if you were not amongst them, and part of their world, connected by virtue of shared space and time. In the process of discovery, you find strength and a deep abiding peace and respite from what has worried you. Ideas flow, solutions come to mind, you feel refreshed. You know that you are part of something much bigger, much grander than yourself - and you feel deep relief that you really are not the centre of the universe.
It is in getting "up close and personal" that we truly discover the world of which we are a part and that sustains our every breath. It also convinces us to care. Rachel Carson ("Silent Spring") put it this way:
"The more clearly we can focus our attention
on the wonders and realities of the Universe,
the less taste we shall have for destruction."
This, of course, is a very good thing.