“It always seems impossible, until it is not,” – Nelson Mandela
Midsummer's eve is a time to gather and celebrate light. It's a magical time of faeries and folklore.
“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light; I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” – Sarah Williams
Story Themes: The Ways of old often call out, to be changed and refreshed. For the Good of All.
Book Recommendation: The Hidden Life of Trees
“When trees grow together, nutrients and water can be optimally divided among them all so that each tree can grow into the best tree it can be. If you "help" individual trees by getting rid of their supposed competition, the remaining trees are bereft. They send messages out to their neighbors in vain, because nothing remains but stumps. Every tree now muddles along on its own, giving rise to great differences in productivity. Some individuals photosynthesize like mad until sugar positively bubbles along their trunk. As a result, they are fit and grow better, but they aren't particularly long-lived. This is because a tree can be only as strong as the forest that surrounds it. And there are now a lot of losers in the forest. Weaker members, who would once have been supported by the stronger ones, suddenly fall behind. Whether the reason for their decline is their location and lack of nutrients, a passing malaise, or genetic makeup, they now fall prey to insects and fungi.”
Photo Assignment: Create Images of nature sharing resources. Plants that grow & lean toward the sun. The roots that rise up above ground that are beautiful in their abstractness.
Journaling Assignment: Is there a wish deferred you harbor love for? One you share with others, or one you secretly work on but few know about? One of mine is a constant striving to learn all of the 108 Tai Chi long forms. I have about ten to go, but I’m constantly going back to the beginning. As I learn the tail of this dragon, the head is forgotten. As all things that hunger, it requires feeding, but it is a hidden aspiration of mine few know about.
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