We have six inches of snow on the ground. It’s lovely in a Currier and Ives sort of way, but the knowledge that this winter weather could carry on for another two months led me to pull out this photo, taken last spring in Highland Park here in Rochester.
This scene is a lovely example of the landscape architecture of Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed Central Park in New York City. Olmstead saw art in the ever-unfolding landscapes of nature, and he used leaves and blossoms as his paints and watercolors.
This metaphor of blooming is on my mind as I ponder the topic of self-responsibility. Like the blooming trees at Highland Park, self-responsibility unfolds in three major stages. [Read more…]