Anhinga and Duckweed — Audubon Swamp Garden, Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC, April 22, 2014
Everything about our life wakes us up, grows us up (the two are one), or not.
Everything rides on how we see—how we interpret—the events of our life.
Everything depends on our work on the art of hermeneutics.
"Hermeneutics" is the art of interpretation, of translation, of understanding.
The word is from Hermes, the Roman Messenger of the Gods.
The Greek word for Hermes is Mercury.
Mercury is also quicksilver.
You can’t pin him down.
He’s all over the place.
Sometimes he’s like this, and sometimes he’s like that.
Which way IS he?
Which way IS it—our life?
The way things are?
Sometimes, it’s this way, and sometimes, it’s that way.
And we have to read the times, and the circumstances, and the mood of the moment, in order to know what to make of things here and now, in THIS moment of our living.
That’s the place of interpretation in our life.
Saying what things mean here and now.
Never mind what they meant then and there.
Everything in our life has the potential of waking us up, growing us up (the two are one)—but,
we have to do the work of seeing things as they are,
and telling ourselves the things about them
that wake us up, grow us up, and help us along the way.