|The Seaton cliffs, majestic ancient sandstone.|
Well you see, a young(ish) woman here in Scotland, who shares my vocation, recently spoke to me about this blog. She liked it! I was quite surprised. I have always assumed that members of my vocation may find these little contemplative essays, based primarily on outdoor pursuits just a little, well you know, "fluffy". :) After all, there's serious work to be done in this world. Time on the water, paddling a sea kayak or spending time walking in the hills and mountains, may be seen by some as a misuse of valuable time and energies that would be better spent on addressing the world's ills. And as for living in, and celebrating the moment, well harrumph, that's for children!
There's no question, the world is struggling, in so many ways. A quick look at any newspaper (or many of my colleagues' social networking sites) will provide a detailed account of "what's wrong". What disturbs me is the negativism, cynicism, even anger, that is often expressed on these sites. Strategies for dealing with these serious issues, however, are not so commonly expressed.
Admittedly, we should be angry that so many people are hungry, that most in this world do not have safe water or sanitation facilities, that untold millions are refugees and homeless, that terror continues, and that this fragile island planet is being abused by our wants and desires. BUT, where are the positive action plans expressed? Where is the hopefulness? Where are the inspired words that will move and enthuse action. Where is the confidence that there are sufficient caring people in the world and the resources to deal with these matters. Where is the optimism? Where is the encouragement for those who have the will, to join to together to build a better world for all?
Come on folks, let's get out of the "pity party for the world" mode. We all know the issues. Let's get on with demonstrating, enthusing, and exciting people about how the world could be if we channelled our energies with confidence and hopefulness. Let's model cheerfulness and compassion. When we say that love is more powerful than hate, let's live it. Let's speak with kindness and listen with tenderness...these are far more effective tools for change than grim, cheerless, and dour moaning.
So, after this little vociferation, do I have strategies and solutions for my angst-filled colleagues, here and across the ocean? You bet. First of all, get outside for some fresh air and soak up some vitamin D, in the form of sunshine. "Indoor" living simply isn't healthy. Second, get some regular exercise. That's right, elevate the heart rate a little. You'll feel much healthier, be much more positive, and have infinitely more energy, strength, and resilience for the important work at hand. Thirdly, read the quote from Annie Dillard at the top of this blog...at least twice. It leads to better self-care. Without self-care, what's left to give? Who'd have thought it, eh? Finally, take a deep breath, it's not all up to you. You're not alone, we can all work on the world's ills together.
See? Easy peasy. :)
Now, back to the North Sea...
The Seaton Cliffs are dramatic...rich, red, ancient sandstone, sea caves, stacks, arches, and blow holes formed by sea erosion. It's a pretty sweet backdrop to a day on the water.
|Two favourites of local UK rock climbers: the Deil's Heid (r)|
and Granny's Garrett, a sea stack about to be born...in another 1000 years?
|A trio of caves.|
|The north-east edge of the UK.|
|A small landing spot near a large cave.|
a rather nice cave to explore.
|Silky water and soft swell.|
See you next time, in the gloup.