Thought for today:
"Just as there is a beauty to be found in all human condition, then so it is with weather also. Today, we are artificially protected and insulated as we step a few feet from our doorstep into our car and vice versa in the negotiation of our daily lives. If the temperature is too cold on the outside, we simply boost the air conditioner and increase the heat on the inside, and if too hot, we may open a window, ventilator or put on a fan extractor. Whatever the weather and climatic condition outside our car, we compensate through all our modern-day gadgetry to prevent it touching our lives as we drive and are conveyed from one place to the next. We are constantly engaged in the process of living a lie.
I may be an odd ball in the eyes of many, but one of the things I love about this country is its varied seasons throughout the year. When it snows, I want to feel its soft coldness on my cheeks and see it melt into the ground. When the sun shines, I want to safely catch it and let it permeate through the pores of my skin until it touches my very soul. When the wind blows, I want to fly with it on its travels through lanes and byways and marvel at the gentleness of its breezy passage. When the sky opens its heavens in a torrential shower, I want to feel those tears of heaven expressed, bless my body below. In short, I want to live for and within the seasons and not outside or without them, for I'd rather live in a world of wealthy sensations of touch, taste, warm glow and mixed feelings than the sterile conditions of comfortable modernity and seasonal sameness. " William Forde: November 17th, 2013.