be (not) afflicted

Descending out of Captain Point (5500′ above sea level) the other day, in a fairly easy stretch of doubletrack between two rocky, rutted washouts, while sneaking in the longest glances at the scenery I could afford to take in… I had a brief spark of an idea. Simply put, “faith = humility”. The ability to let things stand on their own. To relax the ego, the control (or worse, the attempted control of outside observation). The more humble (within reason) you can approach something, the less likely you are to take unforseen complications personally (or melodramatically); the more comfortable you are with the chaos of possibility just… working out – no matter what that means. Whether you want to extrapolate that out into the realm of God, the Universe, formal theology, or society in general… whatever. Not an amazing revelation by any means, but you never know what kind of things you’ll find alone in the wilderness.

Paul Allen Carter via (of all places) bOINGbOING:

“Long after the dinosaurs had left their footprints and their bones in what would become the siltstones and sandstones that underlie the Navajo Nation, a Singer named Latson Ih Begay, preparing to officiate at a nine-day healing ceremony, warned two belacani–Anglos–who in 1923 had ventured on horseback into Navajo country that although they were welcome to watch almost everything except the healing climax, the kinds of religion their own people practiced were not welcome. Possibly mindful of Scriptural passages like James 4:9–”Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness”–Hosteen Begay told them: ‘You white men do not pray, you grumble.’”

Between surprise visits from distant family members, a new promotion with lots of immediate stress and strain, and the day to day battle with complacency and idleness, there has been plenty of good time out revelling in the (almost) wilderness, whether on 2 wheels, 2 legs, or 2 skis.
F800ST at Washington Pass
F800ST at Washington Pass, North Cascades, WA

the valley below
perched at the summit of Mt. Si, North Bend, WA

the last of the continuous snow
July backcountry skiing at Mt. Rainier National Park

5500' of satisfaction (Captain Point)
riding up to 5500′ in the Cascades, near Stevens Pass, WA

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