Today someone said the dread words to me, "I can't believe we're going to have a storm tomorrow like they say. It's so beautiful today."
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Am I the only one who\'s noticed that that always happens? For some reason, the day before a really big storm is always a beautiful day. I once worked in a convenience store, and when you do that everyone makes weather conversation with you. It was then I noticed that people always remark on how nice it is before a storm that brings eight inches or more of snow. And yet, it seems strange to them every time. They just don't believe it's going to snow tomorrow because it's nice today. How long have you lived on this earth, people? Get with the program! Shouldn't you be able to recognise elementary clues to the weather after all these years? Do you really need the TV to point everything out in order for it to seem true to you? Do you know that there is still a real world out there which is not yet altogether hype? And you were born a part of it?
Everything else is the creation of someone else's mind. But the earth and the living things in the wild are real, they have a total integrity of being. I would rather talk with a rock than with most people, because a rock won't lie. There it is, its own statement of irrefutable truth. And the weather doesn't relate to us through a middleman known as the weatherman. He's not a priest of the weather god, standing between you and the weather each day. The weather relates directly to each of us.It's real, our world happening to us. It's something we can learn about, and absolutely anyone can, by looking, eventually see something no one else knows about, something that would surprise even an expert. Because the truth is, no one looks very closely at what is truly around. If people would focus and see what really makes up their world, look closely at what is actually present, and forget everything that's just a supposition, they would be amazed at what they would see. And they would learn to inhabit their own space, those cubic feet they take up at any given time. Becoming fully aware of evey aspect of the natural is the same as getting in touch with the supernatural.
I could go around and take fifty pictures in Nazareth, and I'll bet I would get twenty or thirty that even people who have lived here all their lives would say were definitely not here. Because no one really looks. I spoke to the man who lives in the house closest to the woods, I think it was two years ago. I said I thought (although I knew) that a fox had a den in there. He said, no, there had been foxes in there years ago, but there weren't any now. I didn't tell him, but the den was within sixty feet of his house, and I had seen the fox tracks pass within twenty feet of his house after one of the snows, right down the lane past his front windows.
It's the same with plants or birds. People say, how can you tell them apart? But they're as different as people, and every bird song you hear is as recognizeable as the first few guitar licks of your favorite song. It's nothing hidden. It's seeing or hearing what's really there, without your mind getting in the way. If you've ever tried realistic drawing, you may have learned that the best way to get a good likeness of something is to turn the picture you're copying upside down. That way you draw what you see instead of what you think you're seeing. Because the mind's idea of what something is causes you to perceive it wrong. But turn it upside down, and it's just a bunch of lines and blocks of color. You copy it as you see it and it comes out true.
There's a real world that all this TV and computer and thinking and talking is obscuring from you, and it's the world you live your life in. Go out there, and keep your eyes open.
When one man has reduced a fact of the imagination to be a fact to his understanding, I foresee that all men will at length establish their lives on that basis. ---H. D. Thoreau