The truth is always worth hearing.
The truth is always worth hearing.
I know I posted this last year but I like this story and there are a few amongst you who may not have seen it. So, sorry and enjoy!
Lea looked around her and smiled. Life was good. She felt as if she was on top of the world. Which in fact, was not too far from the truth. She was high enough to look down on the teeming masses and feel superior.
A gentle breeze moved around her and she shivered in delight. With the sun on her face and the faintest wafts of air to keep the bugs at bay, there was no other place Lea would have preferred to be. Here she could while away the days in thought and feeling. The whole experience was a hedonistic surplus of sensation.
It is dangerous to spend all of one’s time in the near-sighted pursuit of just one ideal. With the passage of time comes change.
Lea woke one morning to a strange feeling of fear. She really didn’t understand the sensation but she was sure she didn’t like it. Carefully she glanced around her. Everything seemed unchanged. The people she could see were scurrying about their daily lives. The sun was in the sky, the wind was quiet but still there. It had rained over the last few days but that was not unusual and it even made the world seem a little crisper, more alive. But something was different.
Lea didn’t live in her little aerie alone, she had neighbours. When she finally deigned to actually acknowledge them, she discovered that they had changed. Perhaps they had spent too much time in the sun because they were definitely a different colour. Not an unpleasant shade of red but it did depend on your tastes. Once again Lea felt superior. She wasn’t going to change, not her.
There are few inevitabilities in life, death and taxes not withstanding. The passage of time can never be halted no matter how much we may want it to and with that passage also comes change. We can rail against it all we want but change happens.
It had been a few weeks since Lea had first noticed the changes in her neighbours and she was horrified to see that they seemed to have accepted it. It must be because they were old, past their prime. Not like her. Although, in the last few weeks she had been feeling a little tired, not her usual perky self. It must be the weather. The wind was blowing a little harder and the sun wasn’t nearly as warm as it had been. Lea was sure that it would all pass and that one day soon everything would be back to normal. It had to; she wouldn’t accept anything else.
The next day Lea woke feeling cold and sore. She made the effort to look around her and noticed that all of her neighbours had gone. She was alone. The people below were fewer and those she could see were not enjoying the day like they used to, they seemed to be in a hurry. It is hard to feel sanctimonious when you are alone.
A few days later Lea did not wake up. The wind was blowing hard and crisp. The sun seemed lower in the sky, almost as if it too was finding it difficult to rise in the morning. The warm days of summer had come to an end and the cool winds of change had brought the autumn. With her many neighbours Lea now formed a blanket of leaves beneath her cherished trees. The season had changed once more.
Let fools talk long enough and they will always prove your point.
Sometimes the truth is not enough.
Evil grows unchecked in dark place if we are not vigilant.
I understand progress. I understand the need for more buildings. But I grieve for what we lose because of it. Sunrises through trees may one day be only a memory.
It really is too hot to think so I am using a piece I wrote in July 2013. To be honest, we are experiencing almost the same weather this week!
We all know that a beautiful summer day makes us feel good. We all know that a miserable rainy day can make us feel, well, miserable. In my part of the country we have just come through a very bad week in terms of weather. It was hot, hazy and humid! In fact Wednesday was the hottest day with the humidex at 46°C/114.9°F! For those of you who don’t live in a country where you regularly count the humidex it is simply a means by which they calculate how hot the humid air actually feels. And I felt bloody hot!
I have also noticed, over the years, that people’s demeanour is strongly related to what is happening in our weather. I suffer from migraines when the air pressure changes significantly. When it is very cold I find people become short tempered and easily offended. The same is usually true when it is humid and sticky outside. No woman can feel attractive when she is sweating. At least not the women I know. Men however really don’t care. Of course I’m generalizing! There are more than 7 billion people in this world I have no idea how even a fraction of them feel. But I know how I feel.
We have no control over the weather. We think we can predict it, but even then it’s not 100% perfect. And I don’t think we even have 70% control over our own reactions to the weather. We like to think that as Homo sapiens we are in control of our lives and our surroundings. The truth is significantly different! We are creatures that are hostages to our emotions. Men especially don’t like to admit that, but women know the truth. The weather can wreck havoc with our judgment. One grumpy person can ruin the day for any number of people. And they might be grumpy simply because the weather is too hot or too cold or too windy or too calm. We still haven’t learned how to control our emotions and our reactions to others’ emotions.
I once worked a midnight shift at a Police Department. I was a civilian manning the computers. On this particular Friday the 13th there was a full moon. It was the busiest midnight I had ever worked as well as the craziest! Now there are those who say that people are not affected by the weather or something as silly as the position of the moon. After working that Friday the 13th I beg to differ! I’m quite sure the statistics will prove that when it’s hot, hazy and humid burglaries are down and domestic assaults are up. It all has to do with the weather.
I am not a scientist and I do not have concrete statistics to back up my beliefs, but I’ll bet there are reports out there that will confirm what I believe. So the next time it’s hot, hazy and humid don’t annoy your neighbour. And have a nice day!
Will you remember
The sound of my voice
Or will you forget
When I’m gone?
Remember the rain
As it ran down my face
Remember the chill
In the air.
Snow on my lashes
You commented then
Like diamonds you said
Will you remember
The walk that I had
My smile or the colour
Of my hair?
I will remember
Until darkness is nigh
And the universe
Explodes in despair.
But for the moment
Remember it well
And walk in the light
Of our memories.
The here and now is precious, don’t wish it away.
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