This morning, on HavePenWillScribble’s blog, I came across this quote from a Navajo wisdom poem on how to subdue one’s enemies and preserve one’s life. From the translation by Washington Matthews, which can be found here on p 131 of the digitized version of Matthews’ 1897 book:
The trail is beautiful. Be Still.
It reminded me of this photograph that I snapped a few days ago. I used to walk and take little notice of the slight changes in the surroundings. Then, I started carrying my camera with me and began to see through the lens all of the possibilities for shots. Now, even when I have no intention to photograph — sometimes I don’t even have the camera — I try to take notice of the slight changes that occur from day to day on my way.
Be still. Be still. Take notice. The trail is beautiful.
Good words to remember.