Rain, Rain, Stay Awhile

Saturday, November 25, 2001
Rainy Big Bear


With his writings, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the great humanitarian, taught me many things. He said, "First, we all carry within us our own best hospital. We need to learn to listen to what our body is telling us."

Secondly, he said, "Just as we carry a hospital within us, we also carry a great cathedral within. He wrote, "It is not necessary to go on a tour of great cathedrals in order to find God. Look within. You have to sit still to do it." 

All week, I've listened to other people: My family, my friends, my clients, and my co-workers. Everyone I know considers me a good listener.  An intent listener, I am told I have a fine ear. I believe this is so.

Here in the mountains, I can be silent and listen to myself. So today I shall listen intently.

The conditions are perfect. It's raining right now.  Raining hard, it's coming down in unrelenting sheets.  And it's cold and windy, too. A perfect day to be indoors, warm and dry.

Big Bear is known for its 300+ days of sunshine, one of the many reasons why I love it so. But because inclement weather is somewhat of a rarity here, when it does come, the Earth welcomes it, the lake welcomes it, the plants welcome it, and today I welcome it too.

When it rains like it is, there is no ambivalence. When the skies are sunny and clear, I often vacillate between choices. Do I go out for a walk, a hike, a bike ride? Or should I stay inside and read a good book?  Am I wasting a perfectly good sunshiny day if I do?

I think I'll just sit still in front of the fire today, shut up and listen to the whispers from within.

I like simple choices.


"Life is a Gift."

Author Unknown

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September 29, 2001
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