At play

To be graced by resilience and joy

Pony

"I believe in cultivating opposite, but complementary views of life, and I believe in meeting life's challenges with contradictory strategies. I believe in reckoning with the ultimate meaninglessness of our existence, even as we fall in love with the miracle of being alive. I believe in working passionately to make our lives count while never losing sight of our insignificance. I believe in caring deeply and being beyond caring. It is by encompassing these opposites, by being involved and vulnerable, but simultaneously transcendent and detached, that our lives are graced by resilience and joy." - Fritz Williams

It's a paradoxical philosophy and state of mind, but one that encompasses the Tricksterish mystery of life, maintaining balance, hózhǫ́, attention, and grace, no matter what life and art throw at us.

Dartmoor pony

By "attention," I mean shushing the inner clamour of voices from the past, and shushing the chorus of one's fears and desires for the future, in order to fully live in, appreciate, and take honest stock of the present. Every spiritual tradition speaks of this....which is so simple to say, and so darn hard to remember to do. In this springtime of fresh chances and new beginnings, I vow this morning to keep shushing those voices, and to pay more attention as each day unfolds: in my life, in my work, and in my engagement with the rhythms and cycles of the land that I live in.

"This is the first, wildest, and wisest thing I know, that the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attention." - Mary Oliver

Dartmoor stone wallPhotographs above: A wild Dartmoor pony strays into a field. And Howard pays attention to Tilly.

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