Sunday, February 23, 2020

Sunday - Saying Yes to the World

The moral covenant of reciprocity calls us to honor our responsibilities for all we have been given, for all that we have taken. It's our turn now, long overdue. Let us hold a giveaway for Mother Earth, spread our blankets out for her and pile them high with gifts of our own making. Imagine the books, the paintings, the poems, the clever machines, the compassionate acts, the transcendent ideas, the perfect tools. The fierce defense of all that has been given. Gifts of mind, hands, heart, voice, and vision all offered up on behalf of the earth. Whatever our gift, we are called to give it and to dance for the renewal of the world. In return for the privilege of breath.

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom,
Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

1 comment:

Barbara R. said...

An interesting thing happened as I read this, nodding in agreement. Then I saw it was written by an Indigenous woman, and I re-read it. The meanings shifted a bit in her metaphors for me...but I realized it had all made perfect sense as I must have enough understanding of those blankets and dances that it's now part of my own culture...at least here, now.