Otherwise known as, “So who says ignorance is really bliss?”
Where does the water end, the ice begin? Water turns to ice turns to water turns to snow, and still the air up here is dry as my fingers crack and lips feel parched and eyes are burning red.
Such is spring on the mountain. Such is life. Hard to define boundaries. Harder still to define oneself. And are we really so different from one another?
I’m forty five. Mid life. There’s a lot of self definition going on now. Then again, I suppose there always was. Just trying to figure out my place in the big picture. And always feeling more than a little out of it.
When it comes to politics and religion, I tend to keep my mouth shut. My beliefs are just that. Mine. I’ll keep them to myself and usually wish you would do the same. Please do hold your beliefs dear and strong. But don’t except me to feel the same. Diversity is a beautiful and exciting part of life, and if I’m so insecure I can’t tolerate a conflicting opinion, or need you think the same way I do, well, it’s a shallow world we live in. And you know; I’m all about diving in deep.
Challenging the assumptions that one might be best holding ones beliefs deep within as personal truths, I also am learning to be true what I’ve always heard: Life is worth nothing if you don’t stand for something. What do you stand for? Tell me if you’d like. I don’t have to agree. But I enjoy knowing what matters most to you. For with that, I learn who you are. Though I consider another quote I read recently: You are not known by your beliefs but your actions. I’m not sold on that yet, but thought I’d throw that in since I’m stirring the pot today.
What do I stand for? If you don’t know, I hope my words speak true and you’ll figure it out if you stick around and read a while. In the meanwhile, make no assumptions. Because I don’t know about you, but when I do that I tend to be wrong. So this much I can say is true: A person is only proven by the actions I have known them to take. Stories don’t count. And for that, you can read: rumors and gossip and third party tales.
Here’s a grand example of one who stands for what she believes in, and isn’t afraid to stir the waters and create a little mud in the process. Tricia Cook stands for the wolves… and coyotes. (See her most recent article from the Mountain Gazette HERE) Both of which I relate to, as I live beside the coyote day by day, and roll my eyes to hear of men “hunting the problem coyote.” You got a problem? Because my coyotes don’t. Not here at least. In fact, chances are they are a lot less of a problem on this mountain than that ignorant hunter might be.
Oh, excuse me. I’m often a bit gruff on Fridays. And tact, well, tact has never been my forte. I’m working on it.
But really, what I meant to get to in writing this post, I’m a long ways away from. Something about that pile of bones. And it’s nothing to do with coyote hunting, though I wouldn’t be surprised if coyotes are in on the picture somehow or other.
Well, until Monday! I’ll share the rest with you then. Have a wonderful weekend.