“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
This week as I was looking out my kitchen window I saw that our magnolia tree had presented us with a beautiful gift. As I admired the creamy white blossom, my eye was drawn to a second flower, shown below.
“It’s not how old you are, it’s how you are old.”
Clearly this second flower was past it’s prime, and yet in my mind it was equally beautiful in its own way. This set me to thinking about how gracefully we humans age, and how we perceive beauty in ourselves and others.
“Black and White are the colors of photography.”
As I was enjoying my quiet moments with the blooms a movement on a nearby palmetto tree caught my eye. It was an energetic little red-headed woodpecker probably seeking its breakfast as I was enjoying mine. My thoughts turned to the simple yet beautiful scene in front of me, and the importance of preserving nature’s gifts for generations to come. After all, is that not the most important inheritance they will have?
“We inherit nothing truly but what our actions make us worthy of.”
As I moved from capturing the silhouette of the bird I noticed a fallen magnolia leaf below my window. The leaf clearly showed signs of its demise but also maintained an element of beauty in the patterns and colors it displayed. I was reminded of what a remarkable world we live it, and how important it is to notice the small things that make it so. Let us hope our children and our children’s children can say the same thing.
*The opening quote has been attributed to many sources, including an anonymous Native American and several other sources. The first written version however, is attributed to Wendell Berry