So what does our garage curating philosopher sign say today?
The message catches my eye:
“Hold onto what is good, even if it is a handful of earth.” – A Pueblo Prayer
My mind immediately races through all of my strolls through vineyards with Alan York and Barney Barnett. How many times we reached down to grab a handful of dirt. We wanted to see and feel and smell the power of biodynamic fine wine growing.
I also realize that the prayer is probably longer. While on the ferry to Seattle, I find the full prayer:
Hold on to what is good,
Even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it’s a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it’s easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I’ll be gone away from you.
I search to see if someone has creatively combined the text with imagery. I stop and stare at the beauty of the face embodying the prayer.
Hold on – to what is good, to my beliefs, to what I must do, to my life, and to my hand.
As I reflect some more, I remember the title of a poem my wife used for the title of her grandmother’s autobiography – “The Long, Far View.”
The Long, Far View – Katharine McAfee Parker
There’s a long, far view to take of a day,
And the nights are made for rest,
There’s a long, far view of a life and a death,
And the long, far view is best.
No small thing lives.
No great thing dies.
I know. I know.
And so I try to live each day with a long, far view,
And the years go swiftly by.
The journey to Seattle this day goes swiftly as I “Hold On to the Long, Far View”.