Sunday, August 26, 2007

back from a wedding

We just got back from an upstate wedding... many impressions of rolling hills, glacial valleys, devonian shales, arts and crafts--the wedding took place at the Rochester Folk Art Guild-- and many celebratory people.

We dwell in a landscape formed through vast reaches of time. Events like weddings... replete with everyone from babies to octogenarians... are a reminder of how brief our own lives are, yet how utterly planetary, how timeless the processes of biology and geology are.

When we stare down the devouring maw of time, we can take heart from the way that human milestones ultimately defy the passage of time simply by participating it.

And what, you may ask, does the picture of a flounder have to do with a wedding?

...I'm asking myself exactly the same question.

During the ceremony, one of the oldest attendees- who knew Gurdjieff personally- reported that one of his favorite stories was as follows:

An elephant and a mouse meet each other and size each other up.

"Why are you so small?" asks the elephant finally.

And the mouse replies...

"I've been sick."

May your trees bear fruit, and your wells yield water.

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