It was the most ridiculous and inspiring thing that I've seen all week. About 3pm as the middle school was letting out and the students were all walking home in groups Ivy and I were also out and about getting our afternoon walk in. We were at the intersection of Water Street and Central Ave and there they were; three kids dragging a HUMONGOUS tree branch along the sidewalk. I don't know why they were doing this or where they intended to transport it to but they had huge smiles across their faces. This was clearly an adventure. It was obvious that not one of them was able to move this huge tree branch alone. They needed each other to get the job done. They found joy in working together to move it. I could tell by the drag marks that by the time I saw them they had already managed to move the branch at least several hundred feet!
While you or I may not find the same joy as these kids did in dragging a huge tree branch across town for the fun of it, there are burdens in life that each of us choose take on (careers, children, volunteering to help others, etc.) sometimes because we have to and sometimes because we want to. Sometimes our burdens that we take on for the sake of the community are too big and heavy to carry by ourselves. Like these kids with their tree branch, let's never forget that we need each other; that we are better together; and that if we let it most of the burdens that we take on can become adventures that bring joy into community when we work together and support each other.
Is there a burden you've been carrying alone that's getting too heavy to bear? Has God blessed you with a big dream that just seems way too big to take on alone? With the help of God and each other, we are able to accomplish far more than we might hope for or imagine; like three kids and their tree branch.
Finding God, self, and community in wild spaces. The better we know our wild neighbors the more we'll discover ourselves.
A vision informed by Henry David Thoreau’s interpretation of sauntering, Jesus’ understanding of neighbor, Aldo Leopold’s concept of thinking like a mountain, Rachel Carson’s prophetic voice and John Muir’s way of writing about wild neighbors with such poetic words.