Lessons at the Full Moon

Highest ridge of the Kelso Dunes, Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino Co., California, USA.  Night hiking without a light; full moon bright as dawn.
12 April 2006.

We all have lessons to learn.

In some cases, years pass between the time a lesson is given and the time it is taken to heart.

The spring this photo was taken, lessons in the following presented themselves to me:

- How sharing yourself can be wise, and how holding back can sometimes be wiser.
- How self-possession can bring people near to you, and how neediness can drive them away.
- How happiness comes when you embrace life, and how sadness stays when you sit on its sidelines.
- How Nature can make you whole, and how Modern Living can take you apart.

Only in the intervening years did these lessons sink in, reiterated by new teachers.
For each of the lessons, I am grateful.

To the author of that first springtime primer, I say, “Thank you.”

The older I get, the longer the list of people to which I owe such thanks.

Almost all of them: the folks who made me uncomfortable, the folks who questioned me, the folks who – wittingly or unwittingly – challenged me to take a hard look at myself, my actions, and my true motives: the way I really was rather than the way I thought I was.

The folks who took my cherished and carefully protected view of myself and tested it for verity.

Always, these people are our best teachers.  And to them, we become grateful.

In due time, of course.  In due time.

* * *
Enjoy the full moon tonight, everyone.

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5 Comments on “Lessons at the Full Moon”

  1. Shauna Dacus says:

    Sometimes lessons can be shocking to hear at first, but as we mature it becomes easier to understand.


  2. Alesha says:

    beautiful words. I took a moment to howl at the full moon last night when walking home from class. Too quietly though but it was there. hehe.

  3. Suzanne says:

    I have always made time to walk in the moonlight and converse with the moon when it is full. It is indeed a good time for honest appraisal of oneself and one’s path.

  4. Aimee says:

    Beautiful words.

  5. julespedia says:

    I have to say I loved this post! Thank you! To me, this words have been very useful and have reached me on a perfect timing!
    If you don’t mind, I quoted you on my blog (and gave you credit for this words).
    Greetings from Argentina!

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