as the days grow longer

By: Kirsty

Jun 22 2010

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Category: Daily Photos, human constructs, people

12 Comments

Aperture:f/7.1
Focal Length:24mm
ISO:3200
Shutter:1/30 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II

Worry dragon

Every year, around the time of the winter solstice, the Steiner Schools have a winter festival. At our school there is a big bonfire made into a dragon, and an opportunity to throw your worries into the fire, along with the things of the past year you want to leave behind. The children make beautiful lanterns, carry them in a spiral walk and sing a lovely song about winter. This photograph was taken at this ceremony a few years ago.

Today the shortest day is behind us. Today I read that there is another oil spill damaging delicate ocean ecosystems in the Red sea. This year I throw into the fire :

the energy that I waste worrying about the state of the planet and doing nothing

my inaction, insensitivity and sense of hopelessness

my tendency to blame others for it all

my fear of speaking up, speaking the truth

the idea that I am powerless and that there is nothing I can do

anything else that is preventing me from stepping up and being of service in whatever way I can to our beautiful planet … gaia … home

We are part of a beautiful, complex and totally interconnected system. The earth is bleeding. May each of us find our own unique way of contributing to her healing.

Food for thought : Click here for the best piece of writing I have come across about the oil disaster. I encourage you to take the time to read it.

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12 comments on “as the days grow longer”

  1. And here, the longest day of the year, we remember our great fire of two years ago this day.

    The photo, the tradition, and the worries you throw into the fire are inspiring, Kirsty. What a gift you, your images, and your words are.

  2. Excellent post and editorial! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Cool photo. And I share your sentiment. As a zoologist I am particularly galled at what’s happening. I hope something useful comes out of this mess.

  4. What an exciting photo and wonderful way of ushering in the Winter Kirsty! I’ll join you by adding some of my cares and woes to the fire (metaphysically speaking). I can identify with quite a few of those anxieties you mention.

  5. Your photo is magnanimous. I can think of other stories to surround this image. You speak the truth. It is our glutinous behavior to consume resources at our whimsy for no thought of what we are doing to nature. It is difficult for me to watch what is taking place without blaming every man that has ever turned a key in a car, or flipped a switch, or set a thermostat. I sit here at my computer and I use electricity. I wish I could fund some solar…..harness some wind? What is the answer?

    • I guess if there were a simple answer we would already know what it was. We can choose to walk our talk and encourage others to do the same.
      I saw a wonderful bit of graffiti recently – it said “speak the truth, even if your voice shakes”. If enough of us did this we might shake up more than our our voices.

  6. When I first started reading your list, I just wanted to say, “oh don’t beat yourself up, it gets us all so far down its too hard to stand up”, and then as i kept reading I wanted to beat myself up for my own cop out response to it all….and so for that, I thank you

    Love the fire dragon – we sure didnt have anything like that at my *school*!

    • Thanks Ruby – I don’t reckon beating ourselves up is much help. You’re already doing great things for the planet – bringing joy into people’s lives with your wonderful witty writing! Keep up the good work 🙂


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