Under a Fig Tree

One ancient text posits that once we finish “beating our swords into plowshares’ each of us will be free to sit under a vine or fig tree and essentially, have a chance to enjoy solitude and mind our own business. It only takes a brief look at the current state of the world to make me realize that I don’t want to wait that long. Some people ‘recharge’ by spending time in the company of others. Others of us renew ourselves by being alone for awhile.  The sanctity of solitude should be accessed more often by more people. A friend of mine once said that modern people could not stand quiet because they might be afraid to find out what they were thinking. I go a step farther and say they might be afraid to find out they are not thinking at all. The nice thing about solitude though is that sooner or later, a person will have to start thinking and, if that person is lucky, he or she will not be ashamed of what they hear in silence.


About Edward

Dishwasher, bartender, cook, house painter, movie usher, Marine helicopter pilot, teacher, administrator, teacher again, retired teacher, Secular Franciscan, Lay Ecclesial Minister- it's been an interesting ride.
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