As snow fell outside, I browsed The Napanee Beaver, a local paper. This headline caught my eye: ‘My top 5 garden resolutions’. It’s pleasant to think about gardening while I wait for the storm to end–and I imagine that, as I write, some of my readers may be out in greenery. Mark Cullen’s resolutions have a spiritual leaning, titled: ‘Think’, ‘Peace’, ‘Love’, ‘Nature’, and ‘Quiet’. These words captured me the most:
Nature is everywhere. It is in the air that we breathe and every sinew of our bodies. We are a part of nature and a product of it. Think about that next time you are tempted to yell at the kids for bringing mud into the house.
At this time of year I can be almost nostalgic about tracking mud in–no kids here, but between me, my partner, and the dogs, we track in enough muck. Sure, I try to leave my shoes outside the door, but dirt gets in anyways–and then I mop it up. The free spirit and breath of spring attract me to Mark Cullen’s words. Mark Cullen is a well-known Canadian gardening guru who appears on TV and radio and authors a gardening website.
Inspired by thoughts of mud, I found another quote, this one by Carl Sandburg. It speaks for itself I believe:
There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.
Carl Sandburg was an American author and poet living from 1878 to 1967; winner of three Pulitzer prizes for works of poetry and his biography of Abraham Lincoln. I tried to find out where and when he said these words, but was not successful.
This post is in response to Writer’s Quote Wednesday, hosted by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Be Writing on Wednesday (BeWoW) hosted by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Please visit these sites for more quotes and reflective writing.