The Daily Make (2014-7-25): A birthday morning journal entry. Thinking about gratitude and savouring, two skills that seem more relevant now than they used to.
Speaking of gratitude: since arriving in Oregon I have been feeling grateful for the generous shade from the trees along the sides of the roads where I ride to do errands. I have climate shock I suppose, coming from the desert.
When it rained last week it was suddenly tangible how all this greenery grows in exact proportion to the volume of rain that falls, and the pattern of temperatures from season to season. The rain and the rivers and the trees are a package deal. It’s the same in the desert: the wide open spaces and the strange beauty and the heat are all related. Complaining about one while loving the other seems like a mistake.
Western culture is a culture of displaced people. In Southern California I have seen palm trees dressed up to look like evergreens at Christmas. I suspect the habit of complaining about the weather has something to do with this.
Or maybe it is that we are still nomads at heart, stuck in a system of employment and property ownership that often prevents us from migrating to more favourable climes.