It Takes a Lot to Plant and Harvest Meaning
The long view of life's meaning often begins when there is nothing much to see.
Posted Apr 25, 2014
Celine explains planting will come soon. She says, though, that it may take ten years, even twenty, for the vines to mature, for the wine to be ready. She smiles, “In a way we are doing this for our children.” It is a lifetime commitment.
It her short story “Face,” Alice Munro says, “In our life there are a few places, maybe only one place, where something has happened. And then there are other places, which are just places.” Celine and Sebastien have found that “place” where “something has happened.” Though it is far from their original home, country, language, culture, it is the place where they feel their dreams quickening.
As we listen to Celine talk about their plans, I think about the courage it takes to plant one’s flag and say, “This is the place. Here is where we will make our lives.” Courage because no one ever knows what will come. And yet, without staking one’s claim, there is a chance that nothing, be it good or bad, will ever come. Paul Tillich, the philosopher and theologian, called this the “courage to be.” It is the capacity to embrace “being” in spite of “nonbeing,” or as I would say, to bring hope to not-knowing.
David B. Seaburn is a novelist. Learn about his other writing by clicking on “more…” under his picture above.