Thursday, June 07, 2007

Why Mystic Libby

I live in Mystic, CT -- and I also believe in synchronicity: the I Ching, that everything that happens in a particular moment has the characteristics of that moment and is related. In the Ching, you throw six coins and look in the book and (if you are used to interpreting the language) it tells you, in an uncanny way, what's going on in your life and what you should do about it.

When I asked the I Ching about blogging again, I got one of my favorite hexagrams, Return: "the return of heatlh after illness, the return of understanding after an estrangement, everything must be treated tenderely and with care at the beginning, so that the return will lead to a flowering."

Here are the first flowers in my garden, the one I planted from seed here in Mystic.

When I was digging up the lawn, my landlord's daughter asked if she could help -- I thought 'This will last about 5 minutes,' but she and her brother worked ALL DAY. As the eight-year old brother said, sounding very surprised,
"This is hard work!"
and later,sweat streaming down his face,
"I can see that putting in a garden isn't something you do in 5 minutes."
I said SOME people did -- they just bought the plants, but I liked to do it from seed. He said,
"You put in a little piece of your heart with each one."

You do: he did, his sister did, I did. And it seems to me (synchronicity, I didn't plan to write this!) that that's true of anything worth doing - writing, painting, blogging, whatever it is -- if you don't put a little piece of your heart in with it, it won't be any good to you or anyone else....and maybe "little piece" is good advice, too: not the whole thing, just a little piece. Anyway I'm going to blog from the heart this time around.

PS I re-posted the old posts I still had; lots got lost permanently when I took down the old blog!


Grace Lin said...

yeah! I love your blog, I'm glad you're going to keep going.

alvinaling said...

me, too. I'm sorry you lost the old posts...they may still be cached somewhere on google, though, to be rescued...

alvinaling said...

Oh, and I'm tagging you for the "8 Things About Me" meme that I just answered on my site. I know it's like that other meme we did a while back, but oh well. Do it or don't, up to you! You won't get bad luck or anything if you don't.

Libby Koponen said...

Thanks, guys! And I will answer those 8 questions. I was just so proud of my garden that I had to post that first.

Alvina, remember how this looked when you saw it after Grace's party? Quite different now!

I have to get better at taking pictures, though. I hate how washed out mine always it the camera, do you think? I didn't have this problem with film.