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Why can't we be more like the moon?
Asking for a friend.
I came across some wisdom this week as the news flashed snippets of injustice, hate, crime, and every kind of misdeed committed by humankind.
The moon does not fight.
It attacks no one.
It does not worry.
It does not try to crush others.
It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences.
What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore?
The moon is faithful to its nature, and its power is never diminished.
— Deng Ming-Dao
Then, I wondered why our species has and continues to drive wedges and take sides compulsively. No answer came to me. Perhaps the moon knows.
We waited for the supermoon this week, gazing at the sky, counting stars popping into view until the moon’s light began to glow behind the trees. I’ve been a sucker for the full moon for as long as I can remember.
I still see the bright orb shining through the open window of my bedroom. The attic fan hummed dulling the rhythmic sound of croaking frogs and chirping crickets.
The moon’s mystery lulled me to sleep as a child, and now I search for answers. Every month, I wait for that one night when the moon grows large and full, working faithfully as it spins around the Earth.
And we on earth, never seem to learn its lessons.
Amid record-breaking temperatures, our electricity went offline two nights in a row for two hours each. Coincidence? Some thoughts on life when the lights go out.
I came across a splendid poet and fell in love with his words. Even if you don’t have a penchant for poetry, you might be surprised by the beauty and wisdom of Billy Chapata’s Flowers on the Moon.
A few moon songs to cool the summer heat: “Shame on the Moon” by Bob Seger, Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon,” and my favorite moon song from one of my favorite movies sung by the fabulous Audrey Hepburn—“Moon River.”
Find a little wonder this week, be kind, be brave, and most important, be you.
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