Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Walk on the Slow Side ~ "The Man Who Planted Trees"

Life slowed down this week.

There was time for sunny walks along the quiet street, now almost deserted for the winter except for the grey Ebert (pronounced a-bert) squirrels scurrying about busily storing away a winter cache of acorns.

Acorns are one of those cool things. The French writer, Jean Giono, wrote a great fictional story about a shepherd in Europe who untiringly planted great numbers of acorns and more grew than a great forest.

I left the acorns alone. I have already written about the year that I thought a beautiful basket of acorns on my coffee table would be such a nice touch for the winter. I gathered the acorns from tucked away caches under leaves and broken branches, placed them in a flat, antique basket and admired them on the coffee table in front of the fireplace with no thought of what I had stolen.

The house was warm. The next morning I found there were more than the acorns in the hulls. Small white worms had made their way down from the table, across the carpeting, towards the warmth and a sunny window.

Karma is a bitch. I leave the acorns alone.

Six years after winning American Idol, Taylor Hicks tweeted last week a rare admission:

“Finally hit the wall. #exhausted.”

The body heals, the mind rekindles, and the soul goes on.

Slow down…

There’s more music to come.

Be thankful for what is right in front of you, within you, and still out there.

Happy Thanksgiving from a walk on the slow side!

Take time to hear this wonderful story, “The Man Who Planted Trees,” by French writer, Jean Giono, about a dream, the human spirit, a God-like task, and making a difference, one acorn at a time:

Slow down and enjoy this time with your family and friends!

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