Tuesday, August 16, 2011

EXQUISITE EARTH




“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” ~ Rachel Carson

            While sitting on my porch I mused on the beauty all around me. I thought about how diversity of our earth. It supports all kinds of life. Every human, animal, insect, plant, tree, bush, lake, pond, stream, ocean, derives its life and/or is supported by earth.
            Earth is in constant motion, but we can’t see or feel it. The sphere we live on spins 1,038 miles per hour at the equator, 700 – 900 mph at mid-latitudes. It completely rotates in 24 hours. And yet, sitting on the porch the only movement I feel is my rocking in the chair.
            It is orderly, governed by seasons and time. Earth provides us with food and protection. Here is the tornado belt, we are well acquainted with “hidey holes” or what others call storm cellars which are buried in the ground.
            I like to think earth is humble. It showcases the roses’ blooms, the maple tree’s scarlet leaves, the peacock’s jewel-toned feathers, the teal waves of the ocean, and so much more for all to see and enjoy. All the while, hidden deep within Earth are diamonds, rubies, emeralds, gold, silver, copper, and many more precious stones and metals. But in order to find these treasures, we have to dig. And when we dig we discover the many layers that make up earth.
            Perhaps you know someone who has the same characteristics of earth. Maybe you have these characteristics. Earth people literally hold others up. They are creative and love beauty. You will find most artists and musicians have the qualities of earth. Scientists usually have the characteristics of earth because of their need for order, their curiosity from minds that constantly spin with questions about life, how it works and how to make it better.
            The earth people I know open their arms wide to those who need help, guidance, and a boost. However, when it comes to opening their lives to others, well, that privilege must be earned. As a rule they are very private people. One must earn their trust. And to find the treasure inside them we have to dig. They will not brag about themselves.
            My husband, Neal, is an earth person. He does so many incredible things for the company he works for but keeps silent. It nettles me to no end for others, usually wind people, to take credit for something he has done. Still, he won’t defend himself unless I, also a wind person, push him to take a stand.
            You will find those with the elements of earth in front of the line when it comes to helping, sheltering, advising, and encouraging. They are interesting people having many layers to their personalities. Earth people are stable and dependable. Just like the earth . . . well, most of the time. 
            Next blog we will explore the characteristics of earth that aren’t so exquisite!
            

4 comments:

Velda Brotherton said...

This post is as lovely as you, Linda. We are as beautiful as the world around us as long as we see the truth of that beauty.

meme' said...

Amen to that!!

Linda C. Apple said...

Velda and Patsy, you are both earth in all the best ways! You both have been support and life to me and I'll always love you both!

Linda O'Connell said...

Enjoyed this post. Your posts are gems. Hope vacation was fun and relaxing.