The phrase ‘set in stone’ typically denotes a sense of permanency. As humans, we truly strive for something to last, to be durable and to keep us protected. When designing our homes and the exterior landscape elements, we search for materials with durability. We use good design sense and build it with solid craftsmanship in the hope that these structures can last throughout the years. It is often why we use stone in the landscape. Our trust in its solidness, even when encountering unpredictable elements, gives us a sense of longevity.
Take for example the above image I snapped yesterday. This stone gate depicts a simple craftsmanship and beauty of that era, which leads me to today's quote and thought.
Many of us watched the news humbly yesterday. What flashed across our screens weren’t images of permanency. Rather what we witnessed was a ravaging tornado ripping across the state of Oklahoma, leaving little standing in its destructive path.
It reminds us that our search for permanency in an impermanent world is often tested regardless of materials or best design practices. And as our prayers and thoughts extend to that side of our nation, Leo Buscaglia, the man who spoke about love and hugged everyone he met, wrote about our continual desire to seek something permanent. “We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity - in freedom.” Let us hope that love can stand stronger than buildings as Oklahoma, its people, its community, stand strong and prevail.
Stone gate image by Ann Bilowz ©
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