Wendell Berry Teaches Me About What Do YOU Need
“When despair grows in me and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting for their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” Wendell Berry
My family should have given up quickly while living on 11 acres of land for three years with little money and many questions. I must have known deep down that land held answers that I did not yet understand but could feel coming. The longer we lived there, the more we wanted our presence less felt. The first year we moved away from her, I would imagine myself hugging the trees and laying on the ground, feeling her earth and looking at the clear stars above. I began feeling joy when I thought of the land just being there, untouched. Without even knowing, it was my first lesson in What Do You Need and feeling free.
We are trained to ask, What do I need? How will I profit from this? As I look in the mirror, I will ask myself what do you need to be a good example to the world. As I look into another souls eyes, I will ask with my open heart what do you need.. As I stand at the entrance to the garden, I will ask what do you need and rejoice in giving.
After a full day of mindful eating, I feel wonderful. I added blueberries and bananas this morning to my smoothie for a little added sweetness. I am preparing for a noon walk down the runway and around the woods with the goats and our dog Jemie.. The sun is shining and the wild things are calling.
Thank you for walking with me.