BRRRRing it on. January 1, 2013, 2:30 pm
Vancouver Annual Polar Bear Swim
The year is drawing to a close. What would you put in a 2012 time capsule?
Aaah…. Panic, aaah! Not enough time; that’s only 21 days from now. I need more time and notice. Can we change that to the year 2013, please, Mr. Michelle, please? OK, fine.
Let me see what I can gather in my treasure chest and a gold mine of ideas. Think, thank, thonk. Thonk, it is.
What I can see in my kitchen is a clear plastic bottle of pop, that’s good enough for a time capsule. In the pantry are dry goods; too big for the pop bottle. How about catching a genie and imprison it in the bottle. Be serious, now, thonk! Oh, a bag. What’s in this bag? Checking, more bags within the bags, checking the bags within the bags, more bags. Gosh, I am such a pack rat. But look what’s in the bags; small plastic bags of seeds. YES, seeds. They will fit in the capsule. Oh, this is so exciting.
Opsey, no name on the seeds. Well, that would be part of the fun.
These seeds came from my garden, collected them from the community gardens, from friends and families, from travels while on the pilgrim. They are seeds of flowers, vegetables, and trees. They are small things that will fit in the bottle, and I will leave instructions on what to do with them by following just six simple steps.
- Earth (garden soil in a pot or any vacant land will do)
- Bury the seeds on the earth (not all at once, space them out)
- Water (don’t drown the seeds)
- Lots of light and warm temperature
- Nurture it with love and patience
- Relax and wait for the seeds to sprout.
The time capsule will be sealed with a kiss, a prayer and a hope that it will be found by someone who will plant the seeds and eventually create a garden, just like mine. A garden that will attract little creatures like hummingbirds, butterflies, dragonflies. A garden where one can only be, to pray, be thankful and be grateful to Our God, whomever you may conceive Him to be.
Once this is done, I will go the beach of English Bay, throw the time capsule in the waters, watch the waves carry the capsules into open waters and whisper Bon Voyage.
One Minute Meditation
The disciple asked for a word of wisdom.
Said the Master, “Go sit within your cell and your cell will teach you wisdom.”
“But I have no cell. I am no monk.”
“Of course you have a cell. Look within.” – Anthony de Mello, SJ
MORSEL: Seek refuge in the attitude of detachment, and you will amass the
wealth of spiritual awareness. Those who are motivated only by the desire for
the fruits of action are miserable, for they are always anxious about
the results of what they do. –Bhagavad Gita 2:49-50