I live in paradise, and in every single one of its moments the world is just right. It it does not seem so, it’s only because I have temporarily lost the ability to recognize how right it is. Or that I’m unwilling to let go of what used to be right and accept what is right now.
I have been operating under the assumption that life would be good and I would be happy once I got a raise, once my wife stopped smoking, once Spring arrived, and once politicians stopped lying. I also thought it was my responsibility to identify all the things that were wrong, and that if I missed one, I was being irresponsible. Lacking in watchfulness. Unprepared. When you take on the responsibility of enumerating everything that’s wrong with the world, you soon end up with a new companion: the delusion that you know how to set it right.
I wish I’d learned that sooner, LOL, but as it turns out, I learned it at just the right time.
This way of thinking applies to some situations. Obviously not to others. The trick is to know which. More on that later …
On the afternoon of Dec 2nd I ran a portion of the Section 16 trail as an unsolicited service to the runners who will participate in the Dec 6th Bristol Run. My report:
1. The trail head consists of stairs made of wood. Both show signs of moderate wear by human and canine species. A sign utilizes the word excrement.
2. Tufts of native grasses occasionally appear embedded in mineral samples. Their tenacity engendered in me an emotional effect not unlike admiration.
3. The trail offered ample opportunities to observe and study mineral samples.
4. I was able to identify the native fauna, which was also prevalent.
5. The trail included multiple curves, some of which presented me with an opportunity to make a decision as to whether a branch to the left or a branch to the right would was more likely to lead me to my ultimate destination. I explored those opportunities assiduously, concluding that sometimes the left branch offered a greater probability of success, while sometimes that opportune result was better proffered by the right branch. A complete accounting of each decision is beyond the scope of this report.
The trail is indeed where it was purported to be, and as far as I was able to ascertain given my unplanned explorations of its side branches, continues to proceed in the direction someone utilizing its surface would expect. In my professional opinion based on a thorough study of North American plate tectonics, it is safe to assume that it will remain in that approximate location through Dec 6.