March 14, 2010
One of the things I learned while in Malta this week was that it is the site of the world’s oldest stone calendar. Pictured here is my own self standing in the midst of this marked beauty of limestone and light.
Just in time for each of the equinoxes (March 21 and September 23), the light slices through the entire building at sunset. A stunning thought that people were preoccupied with capturing the sense of time even in 5000 B.C.!
The ruins felt alive, even though they were made of stone. It was as if our ancestors were calling out, “Mark our words. Time is your friend. Look at the altar we created for it. Be generous with your time. It is indeed all you have.”
I heard the wind whisper off the cusps of the Mediterranean waves. It reminded me to regard Nature as the force that it is. To paraphrase a line in Avatar, Nature does not take sides. It merely ensures the balance.
Tomorrow I am DC-bound, riding the same wind that carried its song to my heart this week. If you are in the Charlottesville area, be sure to stop by on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) at the Barnes and Noble at 4 pm. We’ll be digging the slow at the VA Festival of the Book. I’ll sign your copy of The Power of Slow, too!