Recently, I sent out the following note:
Many of you are familiar with the quote I use in my e-mail signature.
What is life? It is the flash
of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the
grass and loses itself in the sunset. ~Crowfoot
I found and pulled other quotes that will end up in my next Pearls of
Wisdom update and gave thought to using one or another as a new signature. But, -- I don't have the heart
to change them out. I quite simply love Crowfoot's words. And since hiking is somewhat a painful thought these
days, they serve as a reminder of what I so love; Nature and the world we too easily take for granted.
I understand not everyone is witness to a buffalo's breath trailing along
the winter wind, or are too caught up in their own struggles to notice a shadow disappearing into the light
of an evening sun. But. With all that we know of this world's suffering, I believe we are
now, more than ever, obliged to consider its needs. Were we all to consider our Earth a living and sacred entity, how
would you answer? What is life?