We need heat, but sometimes it becomes extreme. God created our bodies to have a way of cooling down by using sweat.
In my three haiku, heat and sweat seem to be opponents, but in reality both are important.
Heat and Sweat
Summer heat is strong
Warming skin ‘til sweat beads form
Dripping down my brow
Outdoors in the Sun
Heat can be intense
Working outdoors in the sun
Sweat comes as relief
Touched by summer’s breeze
Sweat soaked clothes now keep me cool
Heat has been thwarted
Sun and Wind and Rhythms of the Earth
The third haiku above portrays the cooled sweat defeating the sun’s heat. It reminds me of the Aesop’s fable about the argument between the North Wind and the Sun. In this story the sun is portrayed as the gentle one. If you’re curious about the story you can find it HERE.
Though the sun wins in that story, North Wind does have a place. Wind, rain, sun, heat and cold all play a part in the story of earth, the planet we call home. Some people prefer one season over another, but all have their purpose.
God created rhythms that would repeat day after day, month after month, year after year.
Spending so much time indoors with windows closed, electricity buzzing, lights that keep us up late at night, we have lost touch with the rhythms of the earth. Somehow I think if we could recover some of that and allow our bodies to relax and slow down, maybe our lives would take on new meaning and purpose.
Last Friday was warm and sunny so I decided to go outside for awhile. Sitting on the grassy hillside I felt a connection to the earth. No electronics, just grass and dirt, sunshine and breeze, all natural and real. (I did have my cell phone but only to take pictures.) Grounding my body in this way helps me to relax and let go of some tension.
I’ve kept myself inside for far too long compared to the time spent outdoors.
I need to find a balance. The time outside refreshes my outlook. I bask in the sun while listening to the sounds. Somewhere in the woods I hear a crow, but the other birds must be taking a nap. Or maybe I’m not listening intently enough.
Sitting out there I’m able to take my mind off some of the demands and enjoy being still. It’s a good feeling. My cat also enjoyed the extra attention and tried to interrupt my writing. She finally settled down to rest close to me.
Our Lord created a perfect world for us to inhabit. Beauty thrives even though parts of it are spoiled. Seasons come and go. I look forward to the changes each season brings, for all have a purpose.
I thank God for all kinds of weather and for the change of seasons.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.
I’m participating in the #weeklyhaikuchallenge at #ronovanwrites where Sweat & Heat are the prompt words. You can find all the details at the link above and are welcome to join in.