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"Life Writing" © Rolly A. Chabot
Here we are again at the close of another day, or maybe the start of a new. One can never tell when they get inspired. We writers have this thing that is worse than an infection. We have trouble shutting off our minds.
I have no idea what the key is to simply turn the switch and say enough is enough. I think most who would read this would agree it happens to us all. For me it is easier to heed the call, get up, make a pot of coffee and come and sit and see what happens.
Lets see it is only 10:22 but my eyes are heavy and maybe, just maybe I can get a nights rest in yet. So with that said I say welcome to the Fireside and lets see where this goes... gather around and get comfortable... above all else know that you my dear friends are well loved.
Have you ever heard the wail of a train in the night. I think we all have, some even wake us as we are resting and yet there is a mystery behind them that takes me back to my youth. I guess I would be letting you know how old I really must be if I told you that they were steam powered back then.
I was raised in a small town here in Alberta, Canada where trains were a part of life. A vital link which brought supplies in and took supplies out. It was an occasion when the train would come through town. I can recall hearing the whistle far away and all the boys riding as fast as they could to be there to meet it. I still smiles when I think of those monsters belching out steam as the rumbled in and the platform I would stand on shake and rattle.
Just during this past week while I was on holidays the train could be heard from miles away. How often I wondered where it was going. It is the Western link to the prairies. Yes trucks and highway transports carry much of the goods but to stand a few feet away and count the cars as they pass is a treasure. Containers filled with the unknown to destinations unknown. They are amazing to watch even though we have entered into this age of diesel engines.
Still waters speak of the path we are on. Sometimes life is gentle and quiet. Other times it is stormy and the waters seem to boil around us. We have all experienced both. Where is it we find balance.
A great deal depends on what we feed our souls. Feed it the negative and it is what we see all around us. Why we even attract the negative thinkers. Ever been around people who think in such a way. How long is it before you too become infected. I speak from experience as it was once my world. No matter what the situation it was always someone else's fault. Yes it can happen but as painful as it may be to admit. Much of the way you look at things belongs to you alone. Once you shake it off, everything becomes so much brighter and beauty in all things are found.
Nature speaks, she is filled with wisdom. She has no pride, she just is. She has been created to operate in perfect unison to her surroundings. Should one thing fail then she simply takes care of it. Take the tree for example. If it is particularly dry she will shed some of her leaves to keep her reserves in order. Should man come in and upset the balance in any way nature deals with it. She is the master at creating balance. She is filled with an unspoken wisdom.
What that speaks to me is pay attention. She can teach, she can speak and once what she has to say is understood then you can become one with her. We have done a horrible job of taking care of nature have we not. We have left our scars all over her and the land she stands on. Logging and mining have all but raped her of everything she once stood for. We simply call it progress and she has to pay the price. Our children will someday have nothing left at the rate we are taking.
I was fascinated this summer on a recently trip to the West Coast here in Canada by pictures such as this. Natural erosion of the rock by the waves and the surf of the sea. I must have taken hundreds of pictures of things like. It is fascinating what we see out in nature and the footprint she leaves behind.
If only we could be subtle to take only what is needed for the moment. The Northern Natives I associated with in the Yukon were experts at managing what they had been given. The Taggish Cree were wonderful teachers. Yes they took from the land, timber, berries, fish and game but they did so understanding to keep it in balance.
Over the years I have been involved in the logging industry and a general rule of thumb is to do what they call clear cut. It leaves nothing standing. Hillsides erode, spawning stream fill with dirty water. Once it has gone far enough it is a stream salmon and trout will never use again to spawn. Areas so heavily hunted there is no game left. Fish taken in vast quantities threatening the very species sought after.
I have been so very privileged over the years to find myself in some of the most pristine wilderness in the world. A place where a man could drink directly from a lake or stream. See wildlife and its habitant in tack and living in unison and balance. A place where you stood back in awe at the beauty around you. I have been privileged indeed. I hold those memories close to my heart. Weeks on end where I would be dropped in by helicopter, 200 plus miles away from the closest human. A place of complete and total solitude and living as one with my surroundings.
I again ask the question what are we leaving for our future generations. Is it good enough that we always take and never allow anything to rebuild. I do think it time we stopped and looked at what we are doing and ask the hard questions. What a shame in so many cases it is already too late to ask.
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