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Monday, September 11, 2006

From Edward Abbey

Here's a quote that I have thought about a lot in the last couple of years, and I am finally putting it here. What are your thoughts?

One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your life for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more inportant to enjoy it. While you can. While it's still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely,. mysterious and awesome space.


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9:43 PM

Anonymous m0nk said...

Looks a lot different than what we learned in bible school. We were taught to be unbalanced people (burning out for Jesus was encouraged). This seems more balanced, but what is the motivation? Is it for seeking your own ends? That just does not "feel" right. I would rephrase it to be something along the lines of "don't crusade yourself into the ground. God's handiwork, now flawed, is still a thing of beauty. Stop, rechange, enjoy what was put before you...but remember who put it there"

Maybe I am being too unfair, not having the context. I like this idea. Beats the heck out of becoming a casualty.

10:56 PM

Blogger Darren said...

I know what you're saying, Monk. I guess I was thinking that without it being said. The guy who wrote it was a frontier man who probably worshiped nature more than anything. There does need to be a"why" behind the doing.

11:07 PM

Blogger tracyfromvancouver said...

even God took some time out to enjoy his creation. I'm looking forward to having a couple weeks off in October after a year of church planting on the UBC campus. This has become my daily meditation...hoping I won't crumble from exhaustion before then.

12:27 PM


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