Monday, October 17, 2011
Our Native Habitat
I just spent a week at a retreat in the woods of Virginia where sweet gum and dogwood grow prolifically.
Here in Vermont, we have 1 grove of sweet gum, just a couple of miles north of the Massachusetts border. Dogwood (Cornus florida) will grow in people's yards, but is rarely seen in the wild. Vermont is a different habitat than Virginia.
We compare our habits to, let's say, our friend Virginia. She's so sweet and pretty too. And we..... Well, we just don't look like that or act like that.
We each have our habits of mind, our own habitats. Some qualities grow natively there, and some do not.
What's the use of comparing ourselves to anyone else? We are unique individuals. Every single one of us.