Tag Archives: psychology

In Our Own Heart

If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

–Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nobel laureate for literature, Soviet Gulag survivor

Hartwick Pines, Michigan

 

New Chances and a Divine Leeway Shared

Two psychologists’ insights about play remind us of renewal in this Spring haunted by the specter of pandemic.

Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.
–Jean Piaget

The model of true playfulness lies in the need of all young creatures, animal and human, to leap.  To truly leap, you must learn how to use the ground as a springboard and how to land resiliently and safely.  It means to test the leeway allowed by given limits.  Wherever playfulness prevails, there is always a surprising element, and at its best suggesting some new chance conquered, some divine leeway shared.
–Erik Erikson

Fleming Creek, Michigan

Fleming Creek, Michigan Spring runoff

New Chances and a Divine Leeway Shared

Two psychologists’ insights about play remind us of renewal in this Spring haunted by the specter of pandemic.

Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.
–Jean Piaget

The model of true playfulness lies in the need of all young creatures, animal and human, to leap.  To truly leap, you must learn how to use the ground as a springboard and how to land resiliently and safely.  It means to test the leeway allowed by given limits.  Wherever playfulness prevails, there is always a surprising element, and at its best suggesting some new chance conquered, some divine leeway shared.
–Erik Erikson

Fleming Creek, Michigan

Fleming Creek, Michigan Spring runoff

Hope–Indispensable

 

Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive.

Erik Erikson

I have used the eminent psychologist’s quote in prior posts, but I felt it had special meaning in these uncertain times.  As Dr. Erikson often ended his talks, Take care.  Which especially applies now to yourself and all of us together.

Hope can be symbolized by a blue sky reflected in tranquil water or flowers budding by a  stream swollen with Spring rains.  Or hope can be seen in the shimmering light gracing  trees on a hill or heard in a stream gurgling over rocks in a northern forest.

Kensington Park

Kensington Park, Michigan

Huron National Forest

Pine River, Michigan
Huron National Forest

 

 

 

 

What Remained was the River

I sat there and forgot and forgot, until what remained was the river that went by and I who watched… Eventually the watcher joined the river, and there was only one of us. I believe it was the river.
Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

Three northern Michigan rivers:  Sturgeon, Au Sable, and Tacquamenon;  with names  drawn from 3 periods in Michigan history: English settlers, French explorers, and Native American indigenous people.

pigeon river, michigan

Sturgeon River, Michigan

au sable river, michigan

Au Sable River, Michigan

Tacquamenon River, Michgan