Monday, December 22, 2008

What if people defined place?

The great nature writer, Wallace Stegner wrote...
A place is not a place until people have been born in it, have grown up in it, lived in it, known it, and died in it – have experienced and shaped it, as individuals, families, neighbourhoods, and communities, over more than one generation.

In this merriest of seasons, take some quiet time to consider your own connections to place…the memories and thoughts that bring you comfort, the imprints you or others have left on your community or neighbourhood. What feels like hallowed ground to you? What echoes will you pass on to your children and grandchildren? How will your life affect theirs?

We need to realize we do not simply exist in the space occupied by our bodies. We are part of the cycles and rhythms of nature and life; the ripples of our passage here move ever outward. Christmas is a good time to consider how deeply our lives intersect with the people and the world around us.

Each of us leaves an indelible mark. Each of us helps define a place.

We are but one layer of many. Celebrate.

4 comments:

jfrancis said...

Layers of life
are the footprints
of God.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

I'm so pleased to make your acquaintance, Deborah! You left such a warm, kind comment on my blog that I couldn't wait to come and meet you. Your blog is scrumptious and I look forward to reading older posts, seeing your photos, reading your thoughts. Thanks for linking to mine - I've done likewise! Happy Holidays, Deborah.

Deborah Carr said...

Why thank you, GHT. I've been following links through networks of blogs lately and was so delighted to find your enjoyable posts and images.

jfrancis..again...so sweetly said.

Diane said...

Such a poignant yet important post. This is the best sort of food for thought Deb, thank you. And such a beautiful image to accompany this meaningful post.

Diane
Life's Sweet Ordinary