If you read my last post, you know why I was here – in broad daylight. Not that I minded – there are beautiful vistas wherever you look, at Lan Su. And this week, I have felt an urgent need to focus my eyes on beauty and my hands on creating it. When there is turmoil in the world, my garden is better for it.
I’ll let the winding path of Lan Su instill hope of a better week ahead, for the world. The Japanese avoid straight paths and use directional changes so as to evade evil spirits. I don’t know for sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that notion originated in China, which might explain why we’re seeing the same thing here, in the Chinese Garden. So many other things we know as “Japanese”, did. Of course no one knows where a change of turn might lead, but the direction we’re going clearly isn’t working.
On that note, I wholeheartedly agree with Betty White: “My thoughts and prayers are with the Senators that voted down gun control. My thoughts: do your job. My prayer: you’re voted out of office.” Funny thing is, judging from early election results from around the country, we really are making some turns from our current trajectory. Maybe not enough turns to fully stand up to the NRA, but at least enough to pause and reflect. I hope.