Visions: Follow up

First off, I want to say, I don’t believe stones can talk to people. However, I don’t think we should wave this idea off as irrational, dumb, crazy, or wrong. Maybe there’s a reason for why this works…

This quote can be quite misleading. I had to seriously decipher this quote and rely on my knowledge of theology (because I’m SUCH a great theology professor xD 😀 )before I figured out the conclusion I came to, but I feel that my conclusion is probably correct.

My conclusion is that the Lord can speak to or lead people through feelings we get or from physical things we do or things we think. Now, you may think this is silly or weird, or maybe even stupid of me to think this. Here’s why I think it though. Why wouldn’t he be able to?

God can do anything, and as a very close and loved relative to me says, “It works because the Lord made it work,” that is what I think of this quote. How is it that a Native American can find  fossils that are perfect, rare, and beautiful without even trying to look for them? Simply, he can because he had a close, intimate relationship with Christ, and because the Lord makes it work 🙂 .

Two major things that stands out to me about this quote. One, if Stalking Wolf could do it, and he believed in Christ, then anyone can too, IF he has faith. Two, a lot of people have a hard time believing this.

There are two reasons why most people can’t believe this. First, they are in a “box mindset.” This basically is like, lol, a box; anything that can’t fit inside your mental box, or “belief system, ideas about what works in life, etc.” must be left out, discarded, ignored, or regarded as mysticism and what not.

Second, there is no allowing of mystery and adventure, contributing to the box mindset. Every kid loves mystery! Don’t deny it, as a kid, a lot of you probably saw something super cool and wondered, what made that happen? Ever read Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer? What makes it interesting?? Mystery. Adventure. However, once we grow up, mystery and adventures become a matter for fools, child’s play.

These two things prevent most people from believing crazy tales like these.

Keep calm and track on!

 

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QOTM: Vision

“What was so perplexing to me was the way Grandfather [Stalking Wolf] would find a fossil. He didn’t have to lie on his belly and search for hours as we did. Instead, he would walk right over to a stone and pick it up. It was as if he saw the stone from many feet away and knew right where to go. What was most exasperating was that he would always find the most beautiful and whole fossil, one that could easily become our most prized piece…

Sheepishly, I asked Grandfather what he did to always find such beautiful fossils.  He smiled at me knowingly and said, ‘The stones simply tell me where the best are to be found.'”

— Tom Brown Jr., Grandfather

QOTM: Experiences

“English is a bad language for certain kinds of words. It hasn’t got much for ideas like wholeness of feeling. Nature is the best word English can come up with to describe something as various yet as indivisible as the bond between all living things. Most of what it feels like to be there in the woods is inexpressible in any language. The only language for some things is experience. Some experiences simply do not translate. You have to go to know.”

— Tom Brown Jr., The Tracker

Quote of the Month

Hey everyone! I’ve decided that I want to have a quote of the month. I will have every quote posted on the 1st of every month. The reason I came to starting this idea is that it will give me more time to put into other posts, and it still will draw a lot of visitors.

Now, I need to make sure you guys know this or you might start getting pretty turned off with my quotes after awhile 🙂 . A LOT of them will be from Tom Brown Jr. and his books! I would like to vary the authors of my quotes up a bit, and there are other good quotes out there, but as far as wilderness survival and nature go, he easily has some of the best!!

So I’ve made the quote of the month, Scout, for September, and y’all can be expecting another one October 1st! Thanks everyone, and I hope you like this idea!

Keep calm and track on!

P. S. Expect a year-long project to begin sometime around mid-September! 😉

Scout

“To the scout, each day is filled with adventure, excitement, intensity, and play. Life is a huge playpen, waiting for the scout to break routine and move out of context, becoming invisible to everyone. Wilderness becomes his home, and the life of society becomes his wilderness…”

— Tom Brown Jr., The Way of the Scout

“Cold” Follow-up

I think there are a few things that can be learned from this quote. ‘What exactly can be learned?’ you’re probably asking. Let’s see what exactly I’m talking about…

“I don’t see how anybody could have a passion for nature without having an equally developed tolerance for the cold.”

— Tom Brown Jr., The Tracker

This quote that I have dubbed “Cold” by the power vested in me (hehe, 🙂 ) has 2 things that we can learn from it. It may seem crazy, but if you pick apart and analyze this quote, there is more truth in it than you would normally realize! So let’s begin!

First off, besides the fact that America’s greatest outdoorsman is saying this, it is simply the cold (no pun intended), hard truth. If you LOVE nature and you’re willing to do anything to have birds eat out of your hand or to see a muskrat emerge from it’s winter hole, then you need to have a good tolerance for the cold. You may want to see an animal from a distance that you can nearly touch it, but if so, are you willing to spend hours lying in the cold? And what exactly do I mean by “lying in the cold?” I mean exactly that. No eating, noise making, talking, or moving for any reason whatsoever, for hours.

Now, I will admit, I am not the best at staying still. It’s not easy. And when you don’t get what you set out to achieve, it can be disappointing. One time I woke up at 05:00, got dressed, ate breakfast, brushed my teeth, got the seed, and by 05:30 I was ready and walking outside. For what you ask? For lying in the dew wet grass for hours waiting for birds to eat out of my hand. By 06:45 it had been light for only about 20 minutes or so. I was getting quite uncomfortable and impatient with the birds, and, regrettably, I got up and moved to a different spot, thinking I could maybe trick the birds into eating if I got closer to them. Nope! Not a single bird came within 5 feet of me for the rest of the morning. I came in around 8:30, and even though I didn’t achieve my goal and I was disappointed, I learned a lot about the birds and what to do for next time.

Second, even if you like nature but you’re content watching animals on TV or you would rather just not watch them emerge from their home from a mere 5 feet away, then you will still have to brave the cold. Most people like camping or hiking if they like nature. And I’m sure those campers do not just not go camping from October to March. That’s half of the year where it’s generally cold, at least in Georgia. It may be more or less so in other states and countries. They brave the cold and most will just simply wear heavier and more insulated clothing. And truthfully, if you are pretty well bundled up, you won’t feel the cold.

So that’s all I have to say. First, if you want to see live animals emerge from their dens, you will have to lay in the cold for hours. Second, even if you just like camping and/or hiking, you will still have to brave the cold. And that’s what can be learned from this quote.

Keep calm and track on!