Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Corried doon for the night

This picture caught my fancy. One it's cute. Two, it got me to thinking of the safe, cozy place I'm sleeping while the firemen and other personnel are battling away against flames, smoke and incredibly rough terrain. Makes me quite thankful, actually.

Sometimes we find ourselves in difficult situations. I was going to write a post on standing to the test, facing our fears, enduring difficult situations, being thankful for a place to rest though it may not be perfect...but, I think you Get it. Will just share a quote:

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
-Helen Keller

In looking for the evening's song, I happened upon this lullaby. It corresponded with the thought for the post title. The video is an interesting insight to a life I'm unfamiliar with, other than I knew that mining was both difficult and dangerous.


Anonymous said...

Didn't realise you were in amongst that. Take care.

James Higham said...

Poignant, HGF and a reminder of the qualities of stoicism and surviving against the odds.

jams o donnell said...

What a beautiful lullaby. THanks for sharing

Mrs Successful said...

Duvets and blankets are healers - as are words - thanks. xx

His Girl Friday said...

Thanks Andrew, it's away from the area, and thankfully mine and my friends' horses.

Thanks James, sad with the firemen killed; it's always a humble reminder of valuing your time here, and time with loved ones.

Jams, yes, I thought so too!

Mrs S, my thoughts, too :)

CherryPie said...

I always find Helen very inspirational.

Endlessly restless said...

Lovely and poignant.

My grandfather was a miner, and I was talking to someone recently about the social consequences of the demise of coal mining in this country.

It's said that bush-fires are nature's way of re-balancing - of clearing out the dead material to allow new growth. But it's hard to see that when you're up against it, either literally in the current situation in California, or figuratively in the case of our mining villages and towns.

His Girl Friday said...

yes, Cherie, I really like Helen's quotes, knowing her life, they're so much more weighted.

I know very little of the coal mining community, ER. It's unfortunate, I think, though, that the communities are gone. I love their dancing in the video, but they seemed to lead such a hard and dangerous life.