T-to-the-A

When Mother Nature Steps In

In The Daily Drool on April 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

A lot of excitement has been bubbling in my imaginative mind over the implications of the Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokull (ay-yah-FYAH’-plah-yer-kuh-duhl).  I’ve been reading about it all day long, totally transfixed.  But not until this article did I have anything to say beyond a massive “Wow!”

Basically, it’s an article about eeryone’s worries – worries about travel, worries about politics, about health, about “WHAT THIS MEANS!” for all of the minutia we humans orbit… and as I was reading it, I just found myself muttering (yes, muttering like a crazy person) “You can’t control this! So how about a little awe and respect”

I mean, here are masses of people at the mercy of a force waaaay beyond our influence – isn’t there a kind of beauty in being forced to press pause for a moment?  No guilty “Gee, I should really be doing x,y,z” because, guess what, A FRIGGIN VOLCANO HAS YOU GROUNDED!  How about enjoying the divine peace of being in the same boat of collective suspension…

All work and no play makes Atlas a grumpy Titan!

We spend so much time thinking that we have all this power, that we have so much under our control- when it’s really all just an illusion cooked up by the Ego.  All we really have control over are our decisions.  The actual outcomes of the choices we make and the behavior of others or of the planet… all of this is out of our hands.  Wouldn’t it be lovely to stop playing Atlas, and just carry what we can actually manage for a change?

But there are a whole host of people out there stamping their feet in frustration… frustration with the force of nature.

I don’t know about you, but that seems like a waste of time to me.

My friend Lara put it this way –

…a couple centuries ago, hundreds of ppl would have died, a god would have been named Eyjafjallajökull, bards would have sung songs, while children quivered at the thought. Have we really come that far? Do we really think we’re in control? Please; a little respect and awe at least!

Yes, the volcano bards, the glacier priests, dancing in the ice and ash… these are my people – those who are watching in awe and splendor.  People hearing the Earth roar with fiery, gaseous glory- You are infinitesimal by comparison !  All your piss and vinegar are but fists in the face of my hurricanes.  Write me a song!  Set down that pillar and dance.

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