The saying, "A rolling stone gathers no moss" is also a saying in Japan. Here it means that you should keep going because you don't want moss to grow on you. In Japan it means the opposite. You want the moss.
When I came home yesterday I stopped to smell our late-blooming dwarf lilacs. When nature isn't making me sneeze I really do enjoy it. Or when it isn't making me too hot. Or too cold. Or it's too buggy. Or rainy. Or cold.
I think that the injunction to take time and smell the roses may be more important than I originally thought. Looking at nature-- taking close-up pictures of flowers-- appreciating beauty does good things to your brain. You gather some moss, maybe. Or the people and the social connections-- are they the moss?
This whole post is sounding like a Zen koan to me. "If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him." That sort of nonsensical whack to the psyche.
I must go.
Quaker, teacher, parent,