Just looking outside a while ago with coffee in hand with remanence of snow still reminding me that winter is not over yet in Alberta. I have been doing this sort of things for years, the annual change out the tires game.
Sometimes I win other times like this year I missed the mark all together. I certainly timed it right for this year for the first application of fertilizer. Lawn all created, detached, over-seeded and fertilizer. It will explode now. All the pruning is done and the trees well watered in.
Today is one of those chill you to the bones days with a cold wind but the sun is shining and I see people out and about. Me well I would just as soon sit near the fireside and plink out a few words.
Who could not love these little guys above... just had to share... gather around and grab a few hugs... just rest awhile.
The first thing that comes to mind at reading that word is I am fairly certain it is a new word according to my Redneck dictionary. It stirs up some of those old desires I have to do just that go wild. Not the crazy wild that we see happening all over the world but to return to the wild once again.
There is something in nature that just lites a fire deep within and it is something that remains a mystery of sorts in men today. Over the years I have watched the natural instincts of man dwindle away as we have given into the pressures of the world. Thinking back over the many years of speaking with old trappers, prospectors and First Nations People no one has been able to say why?
For myself I am certain now mine was the call to solitude, alone with the purity of nature at her best. Oh yes I have had the privilege to have been first hand witness to her fury as well. One wildfire comes to mind as the smoke was heavy that day I had to business being where I was at the time.
Years ago I had set up camp for a week at the far end of Teslin Lake Yukon.. It was well known for its amazing trout. My journey took me to the very southern edge where there was a very deep drop off. It was a forty mile trip by 18 foot Freighter Canoe where I set up my camp. In all three directions I had open water and behind me a climb of about 800 feet to the top of the ridge. Once the climb was made a man could get lost in the beauty that lay before him. From here it comes to mind just how small and insignificant we truly are.
The smoke had certainly gotten thicker by the following morning so Tannis my old faithful dog and I made the climb to the ridge to have a better idea of just where the fire was. Not a hard climb as Tannis was able to pick her way on her own only occasionally would need a boost.
What I saw was a wall of fire a few miles away and it was starting to climb the ridge I was on. It was now a race to get back to my camp pack up and get out of the path of the firestorm as the trees were crowning. A term known for fire spreading in the tops of nearby trees. Here they have highly flammable material in the pine and spruce needles. With a sudden gust of wind it can travel very quickly. Below is a place you do not want to be.
The scene in this photo was close to what I saw as I idled the motor near the Far East shore after making hast in getting away. Sparks were being carried towards me but the lake was the safest place to be. I made camp in the canoe for the night after dropping anchor where I thought I would be safe.
The fire seemed to stop at the top of the ridge. It just hung there for several minutes then in a loud swoosh it made it way over the treetops and finally stopped when it ran out of fuel. The heat coming from the west towards us was incredible. The only way of cooling was pouring lake water on both Tannis and I.
Watching The Show
I recall the that strange feeling of being happy to have survived. It was near day break when I heard and could vaguely see several animals running for their lives. What stuck me was prior to the fire they were all predators in search of a meal, but this morning they were like one and all with the same goal.
I have always considered nature as the best teacher in so many aspects of life. In such a pure place where there is a constant struggle to survive there is peace even though there is that doubt or fear of making it another day. Yet through it all there is that harmony that exists especially that boundary of respect the animals have for each other. It tells me much can be accomplished when everyone works together.
Please forgive me in advance for the photo but it truly speaks of someone having a struggle here. That final desperate attempt to make that final step maybe it is a desperation move in this case but you get the point.
What a blessing it is in life to have people who truly care for you and your well being. A great lesson here is do we reach out the same when others find themselves in a battle. I think we must be ever vigil in our daily lives of not only others but our own need to be heard.
The word "Pride" comes to mind when there have been times I have needed a hand up in life and people have came forward and given what they can. I often laughed over the years of all of my mismatched furniture and dishes people have blessed me with. They were some amazing people and if asked the cost the same answer has come back. "Just pay it ahead."
Pay it ahead is a big word and can mean anything. That small and simple gift you gave another can be as a simple as a smile, a kind word or in some cases gifting extra items to another who is having to start over.
One thing I love doing is paying for the coffee of the person behind me at a drive through. I have no need to be acknowledged for the act just the simple fact that maybe that person will do the same in return someday.
The Image of Alone
I came across this picture a while back and the impact certainly hit home. It is so sad to think of another being in such a state.
Reaching out to another carrying a burden such as this is what we all want to do. Even if the kind word or gesture is not recognized we have tried. There was a time when this picture was all me, consumed by some bad choices in life.
One thing for certain is we are never alone. Today I feel for the disconnect we have with the real world around us. People are so busy it seems like they are running in all directions to meet unrealistic goals they either set for themselves or ones set by others. We live in a fast paced world where news travels across the globe instantly, the resources available to people is at an all time high.
Lets be more aware of the need which is all around us. Reach out to that person and the them you care. Take the time to sit and listen as sometimes that is all people need is to just talk. Try and keep that void filled with the many blessings we have all around us.
Hugs and Blessings as always...
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