“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
Robert Frost (1874-1963) was a highly-regarded poet known for his depiction of rural life. He published his first poem in high school. He attended Harvard but did not graduate due to illness; he received an honorary degree from Harvard posthumously, as well as more than 40 other honorary degrees. Though Frost grew up in the city, he lived on farms later in his life. He was a professor at Amherst College, and at Middlebury College for 42 years. Some of his best-known poems include “The Road Not Taken,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” and “Nothing Gold Can Stay.”
This particular quote is from the poem “A Servant to Servants” (1914). Many of Frost’s poems explore the splendor of the outdoors. However, “A Servant to Servants” is a contrast to the typical Frostian nature poem. Its speaker is the wife of a hard-working farmer who feels trapped in her life that seems meaningless. She explains her monotonous daily routine. The poem is written in iambic pentameter, although it varies in meter with no apparent rhyme scheme. A constant symbol in this poem is nature representing freedom, but it is a freedom that the speaker cannot attain.
Try to use all the natural light that comes to us from our earth. Green light is light from the sun, and not fluorescent bulbs. In fact, I’d even go so far to say that what a wonderful world it would be if we operated based on when our day was light — and our night was dark. Our body rhythms would be in tune with this natural course of living. Perhaps light is sending us a message of when we should work, engage with people, and when we should sleep, rest, rejuvenate.
During the Edo era in Japan (1603-1868), the only wood they’d use from the forest was if a branch had fallen from a tree. In the same way, we don’t pick fruit before it’s ripe.
We don’t wrench the immature tomato from the vine. When it is the right time, you’ll find it almost drops off naturally in your hand.
Perhaps then, the message for us in present-day is, don’t cut down the wood until the tree is ready to release its branch. Perhaps all the wood we need will fall naturally and offer itself to you. This will be right timing for the tree as well as your needs.
Is there an area you are pushing for, that is perhaps unripe? Perhaps it’s time to gently let it go. We can let right timing lead, delivering the gift to you and everyone, at its specially appointed time.
Let’s enjoy the gifts, events and happenstances which are given naturally to us.
“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.” — Kahlil Gibran
What a beautiful quote from Kahlil Gibran, a philosopher and leader who was so conscious of living in tune with nature, our feelings and our sincerest intentions.
Gibran was born in Lebanon in 1883 and emigrated to the United States as a young man. He is best known for his work of philisophical essays, The Prophet. He is the third best-selling poet in the world, after Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu–excellent company to be in!
“Better to make a few mistakes being natural than to do everything out of a feeling of worry.”
– The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, Dr. Benjamin Spock, 1946
It’s better to make a few mistakes being natural. It’s important to be who we are in a natural, real way. If we get everything right, and are absolutely perfect, but it’s done with anxiety…. then it actually isn’t right, is it?
What we do needs to be done with care, love, calm. With joy and sincerity…and since Dr. Benjamin Spock was a famous leader in parenting in the 40s, I’ll take his advice not only for parenting, but also for management. And for our communications, how we live our lives, how we treat others…
Dr. Spock was an influential writer on childrearing, who advocated for increased flexibility and affection in the treatment of infants and children. He was also an Olympic gold medalist in rowing, and a peace advocate.
Last Thursday was Walk to Work Day! More than 5,800 San Franciscans traveled with at least a 15 minute walking commute. Some companies mobilized their employees. Ritual Coffee Roasters gave out free coffee to anyone who was walking to work! There was even a special happy hour giving out awards and free drinks to those who had the “Longest Walking Commute,” “Most Interesting Sight,” “Best Shoe Bling,” and “Most Company Employees Participating.”
Walk to Work Day Asks Why You Care, and Why You Walk. Here is my answer below. What’s yours?
I love viewing the city, love nature, and exploring! I take different routes to learn about history, buildings, neighborhoods or people. It allows you tobe part of the city.
You always have fresh air and a natural “commute.” I try different routes so as to keep myself active and to not get in a rut. I do love the long 11 block climb from SOMA up to Grace Cathedral. That’s a great hike, and then vista!
I also love that I don’t have to join a gym, and get natural exercise. So I save money. I also save money by not having to pay parking tickets. 🙂
I enjoy being with people and saying hello as I walk down the street. It might be a hotel doorman or doorwoman. And there is always a way to help people. Just a simple hello might brighten someone’s day.