Notes from the Waxhaws


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To be truly free one must take on the basic conditions as they are – painful, impermanent, open, imperfect – and be grateful for impermanence and the freedom it grants us. For in a fixed universe there would be no freedom.

~ Gary Snyder, The Practice of the Wild

These late Autumn days in the Carolinas are simply gifts. Gifts to be appreciated in this impermanent…this improbable world. I took a late afternoon drive…stopping for a walk along the Catawba River. The sun was low in the western sky, filtering though the now leafless trees…illuminating the far shore…deep blue sky mirrored in the water softly flowing over the rocky shoals.


Things don’t always go according to our plans. But impermanence…change…does offer us other possibilities…other opportunities. You never know what may be  around the next bend of the river…or down some never-before traveled country road…


Written by Jim

December 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm

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