The passage of time is fleeting and volatile, I find it going so fast, and this last week’s events, and the rapid change have only reinforced this. Time moves so quickly, what was a current post or theme, in 2 seconds is old news – or actually perhaps it isn’t…..let me explain.
This post first started out as an ode to the spectacular beauty of autumn. Travel, Halloween and various other distractions took over that world, but nothing like the diversion that the national election in America was this past week. As you know, usually I ignore all subjects except design and my concept of beauty, because there are experts in their own fields such as politics, but for all of us living through this election, it has been a disconcerting time, and to not say something about this monumental time would have you believe I’d been living under a rock, and I haven’t.
This was a difficult time in the US, with a level of vitriol and discourse, not witnessed before, at least certainly not in my time. These unchartered waters since November 9 have left many in a state of surprise, and as we are now witnessing, through protests and despair; many in our country are terribly unhappy. A shadow has been left over the nation, and I only hope that some of the remarkable grace shown by Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton and President Elect Donald Trump since the outcome was announced could be mirrored, enabling us to say we are all together as Americans, and we will try and make this work.
As architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” When in doubt, or sadness, I still think the beauty of nature is always inspiring and restorative – whether it encourages you to go on and fight for your beliefs, or promote the intention that we will go through a hopefully peaceful transition.
I’m providing these autumnal images as something to ponder, and prepare us for a favorite American holiday, Thanksgiving, as we still do have a lot to be thankful for.
In contemplation and peace,