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There are wastelands everywhere, wastelands of wet or dry land, wastelands of the spirit or heart, wastelands of war and famine. They can be transformed by different means and in many different ways, if they need to be or should be. They may not need to be transformed if the wasteland has appeared only in our minds and is truly teeming with vitality and life. Many wastelands that are man-made can be transformed, with effort and will, to productive, or at least not destructive, lands again. Many, if not all, of these areas of war and famine came to be because of the wastelands in the minds of people whose desires took no one into consideration but themselves. These wastelands of the spirit and heart are the most difficult to overcome since a mind like that is so closed. We can only make efforts to help the people and land affected by the self-serving minds with power over others’ rights. We can do something about imminent wastelands or present wastelands of our own spirit and mind; that may help those in desperate straits elsewhere. For many wastelands aren’t wastelands at all, but neglected elements in our own psyches that, with some effort, can bloom with opportunity. This takes hard work, but without work all wastelands will continue to deteriorate. We must look within ourselves for the desire to organize our thoughts, formulate goals, and work toward those goals. An analogy for this process could be planning, putting the essentials together, maintaining, and harvesting a mussel farm. Or any kind of garden, or business, or home. But we cannot lose sight of the purpose or goal of our minds’ enterprises, if so, signs of a wasteland will begin to creep in. Sometimes a wasteland really needs nothing more than observation to make sure that it is not disturbed since it is really a whole, functioning system in itself and cannot do with interference. Don’t you think observing and evaluating is necessary before interfering with a wasteland of any kind?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

5 thoughts on “Wasteland

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  2. wonderful image…nice writing.

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