The spirit of the season December 22, 2014Posted by Jenny in Life experience.
I want to wish you, my readers, all happiness for the season, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or anything else.
In my more Grinch-like moments, I pay too much attention to the negatives of the season, especially the commercialism that threatens to dwarf all other aspects. It occurs to me today that I can choose what I want to think about. Here are some things I would like to meditate upon.
—The woman at the convenience store yesterday who struck up a conversation with me, learned I had just gone on a hike, and said, “What a great way to spend the day!” It was a wonderful moment of random friendliness.
—The neighbor who told me he’d spotted a pair of bald eagles close to my house, and that “perhaps we will have a nesting pair.” I hope so!
—All the people who have climbed the Panther Stairs, which my friend Clayton and I did yesterday. In particular I think of Charlie Klabunde, who taught me so much about off-trail exploration. All of us share an enduring fellowship.
—I think of the beautiful things I saw yesterday, especially the line of shimmering clouds pouring over the stateline ridge. Clayton described it as “a cloud tsunami.”
—More beautiful things: leaves of galax that looked polished to a sparkling sheen; a pine clinging to a huge boulder, its branches shaped like Japanese brushstrokes; soft, spongy cushions of reindeer moss.
—My sister, who after a difficult stretch in our relationship chooses to welcome me to her house for a Christmas visit.
I thank you for visiting this site.