When the world seems a little more than just frayed around the edges, it helps to have a reminder of its inherent goodness, and to be carried away once again by its rhythmic beauty. Yesterday, my friend, Jeff (often referred to as JB), sent a reminder in the form of a video link that knocked my socks off. It's the trailer for a series by the BBC called, "Human Planet." It's an astonishing view of life and the best 3:33 I've spent in a long time. I'm betting you'll feel the same. If you've already seen it, perhaps you'll find it worth another look. The link takes you directly to the video where you can watch it on an expanded screen in HD. You won't be disappointed. Really. I think I can even promise this.
The same stream of life
that runs through my veins
runs through the world
and dances in rhythmic measure.
It is the same life
that shoots in joy
through the dust of the earth
into numberless blades of grass,
and breaks into tumultuous waves
of leaves and flowers.
It is the same life that is rocked
in the ocean cradle
of birth and death,
in ebb and flow.
My limbs are made glorious
by the touch of this world of life;
and my pride is from
the life throb of ages
dancing in my blood this moment.
~ Rabindranath Tagore, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 1913
Photographs by Timothy Allen. On his website, you'll find a link to a slide show of many more beautiful images from this series, plus some interesting advice about following your "enthusiasm."