04 May, 2014

Sunday - Saying Yes to the World

I breathe in the soft, saturated exhalations of cedar trees and salmonberry bushes, fireweed and wood fern, marsh hawks and meadow voles, marten and harbor seal and blacktail deer. I breathe in the same particles of air that made songs in the throats of hermit thrushes and gave voices to humpback whales, the same particles of air that lifted the wings of bald eagles and buzzed in the flight of hummingbirds, the same particles of air that rushed over the sea in storms, whirled in high mountain snows, whistled across the poles, and whispered through lush equatorial gardens…air that has passed continually through life on earth. I breathe it in, pass it on, share it in equal measure with billions of other living things, endlessly, infinitely.
Richard Nelson, The Island Within

4 comments:

Rain Trueax said...

I absolutely and totally love that book. I read it the first time with a bad case of the flu-- last time I've actually had flu too. It was about the time it came out. It was so meaningful to me how he viewed life. Wonderful book... oh wait, I said that ;)

kerrdelune said...

Rain, there will always be a copy of the book in my library - it took my breath away the first time I read it, and the second time and the third time too. WOW, simply WOW...

Tabor said...

Now something new to add to my permanent collection of those books I put on a special shelf.

kerrdelune said...

Tabor, the book is amazing!