“And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.”
I first read this passage from Shakespeare’s play “As You Like It” in my favourite ever book: Ralph Parlette’s “The University of Hard Knocks.”
As with pretty much all of the great man’s work, everyone will interpret that passage a little differently. To me, it reads that outside of other humans (“public haunt”), ie. in nature, there is good in everything. Humans have a way of fucking things up, sometimes unintentionally, sometimes on purpose. But nature is still pure. There are books in the running brooks; there are lessons to be learnt by sitting still in nature.
That’s why I visit Warburton so often; it’s my special place. It’s where I can go alone to just be. It’s where I can actually quiet my mind and just be. I make the effort to spend a night there every few months, or as often as I really need to. My last trip was a few weeks ago, and like each time before, I left feeling a little bit better, a little bit stronger, a little bit more resilient and a little better equipped to deal with everything. It’s important to have a place of renewal like this…