I’ve always loved visiting castle. They seem so romantic in those novels.
But most of them were built to withstand sieges. Those moats weren’t things of beauty (and they often threw the sewage in) but built to drown knits in mail and chain armor.
Additionally, since i have a hard time seeing myself in the midst of a siege, they weren’t clean or comfortable to live in.
And that’s where the romance goes poof for me!
But many of them are beautiful and soar over the towns built around them. Today that’s tourist attraction and history teller. The moats, while free of sewage and knights in white armor… will still as the sign shows you eat cars. So put on your parking break before you settle in for your coffee break.
But all of these things, the danger, the wars, the history, the moat… they all teach us about Peace if we look for the clues. It’s the Peace we want to know about. For me it all leads back to building Peace.
We are having glorious weather. Here in the Northeast we grumble our way through the dregs of Winter longing for Spring. (Unless like me you’re a person with pollen allergies!)
April starts and still it is cold and dreary. And still we whine.
And then it changes. It will still be capricious, no doubt, but it will be beautiful.
We need that Beauty in our world right now. We must be that Beauty in the world right now, because right now I worry our country is on the verge of starting wars on many fronts. Our people could be in danger. Other people could be in danger. We must be Peace. We, like April, must bring joy and Beauty… and spread it across the land and the world.
Clouds are so beautiful. My mother painted clouds often. As a family they were a road trip’s enjoyment.
But they are also often harbingers of things to come. Storms, for instance.
Right now the clouds are lying low… it poured yesterday. It will do so again.
The clouds of War seem to be gathering on the horizon. That’s frightening.
But clouds are things of great beauty. How do we reclaim the clouds for Peace? How do we claim the world for Peace.