"Putting Self To Death" by Rolly A. Chabot
Good morning to all and welcome to a new place for the gathering at the Fireside. We find ourselves In the mountains this morning and loving what is all around us. It is good to have you here. Nature has a way of touching me in a special way.
Last night I was on the Bow River fishing. I was in my insulated chest waders and I can tell you the water is just above freezing and it is still what I would call winter conditions. It was 7 when I got started and close to 9 but the time I made it back to my point of entry. The score at the end of the evening was Rolly 4 and the fish zero. Two beautiful fully coloured Rainbow trout, one good sized Brown Trout and one very large Bull trout. The good news is after they were admired I let them go back into the river to be caught another day.
On the way back I stood on a sand bar and watched 5 majestic elk taking their evening drink. They showed no fear of me and I was able to stand in awe of these animals. What a blessing to be a part of what lay before me watching the evening draw to a close.
I would like to just ramble a little of some of the thoughts I had yesterday after arriving here in this playground created for so many to enjoy. So gather around and I do hope you find some peace here. Be blessed and know that you are dearly loved.
Learning and Teaching
As many of you know I love to observe nature as she can speak so much into our daily lives if we take the time to stop, study and allow her to speak into us. While on a hike yesterday this picture spoke so much about life in many ways. Let me share with you what I draw from this picture.
When we are young older people such as a our parents and mentors try to teach and speak into our lives. They point out downfalls they see in how we are living and maybe it is their way of trying to save us future pain and suffering. My Dad was a very wise man and we would have long discussions over the way he would see me turning. My response of course was to listen while he spoke and yet return to my own ways of destruction. I laugh today thinking of one such occasion when I had just turned thirty. Dad and I were sitting in a boat fishing on a lake and I looked at Dad and asked him when he had become so filled with wisdom. He just laughed and looked at me and smiled. "Son no matter what you have done in life I have prayed for you, I have loved you in the good and the bad and I will always love you. You have learned well and will continue to learn, even after I have gone. There will be a day when it will be you whom is the teacher Son."
Here I see what was once a wise and knowing tree, standing tall over its domain. It lived a good life and like my dad has passed on. It set it's roots deep in the ground and reached as high and lofty a goal as it could. It provided shade, comfort and spoke to the many around it.
Yet even in its death it is providing nutrients for the young growing in its shadow. It is offering guidance and direction for the young roots which are following the old. Nutrients are given even in its decay. It is a cycle in nature and no different for us in life. The seeds that have been planted into us at an early age sooner or later will bear fruit. It is very possible this young tree is a descendent of the one that has passed before.
The Old and Wise Teach
You see no matter where you are there will be challenges. Take this Lady Bug for example. New to the world again in the spring of the year. The scar in the branch is part of its world. The sap that will run soon will be a source of food. For now it simple continues along as it has nothing to offer. Much the same as we did in our youth, wandering into a new and unknown world.
The Mountain Goats in this picture I captured yesterday are both young and old. The older ones have one thing in mind and that is to find food in the new grass on the hillside. They are willing to walk through the scars in the hillside to reach their goal. I watched the young. They were more interested in frolic and were reluctant to step out onto the unknown of the unstable ground.
We can learn so much from nature. We can learn so much from the experience of others, we can learn so much from each other if we are wiling to take the time to listen. Thank you for taking the time to sit at the Fireside. Take the time today to think of where you are at and what you may be leaving behind or better yet what you teach in your daily life. Above all know that you are dearly loved...
© Rolly A. Chabot
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