There are no better palliatives to the disease so many humans inflict upon mother earth than to return to nature and all those beings who are one with it. There are delights upon this planet that will never change our lives.
Like this shepherd and his flock passing up a gorge I saw on my way home to Longoio the other day:
What greater influence upon keeping calm can the scene of this person, alone but not lonely, with his dogs and his sheep, have?
What greater delights can our ripening cherries have on the palate of our thoughts?
And even in the worst of the ‘acquazzoni’ (‘showers’ in Italian but they are more like mini-tempests in this country) what happiness can Flip (one of my ducks) impart when she enjoys feeling the rain drops on her candid plumage?
Let us enjoy even the smallest everyday things of life. Let us always be one with nature. Let us savour each minute of our lives with the enjoyment given to our first glance of anything beautiful and with the custody given to the thought that it could well be our last on this planet.