As we enter a new decade in 2020, our Vitruvian Man website begins its tenth year.
When I began this website, I did it with the naïve thought that I could make the world a better place to be. Since 1972, I’ve been driven by that Harry Chapin song title. While I doubt that has happened, I know for certain that I am a better person for the effort. I take comfort in that thought, and because I do, I plan to give life to the Vitruvian Man for another year.
2019 was a year of challenge and discovery.
Encouraged by a desire to return to the land, we moved ‘off the map’ and lived minimally for nearly four months. I learned much about myself living in solitude, sharing a 10×16 shed with my dog Clarence in rural Wisconsin. Physically, I lost unneeded weight and broke a leg, literally. Spiritually, I achieved peace with my credo. Mentally, I learned to be more patient and tolerant of things when they move in a direction I am not expecting, do not desire and may not be prepared for.
As the winter of 2019 approached, we returned to the lower Sonoran desert, home to the saguaro cactus where 10 years ago the Redemptorists led me and taught me how to pray.
Spiritual heights far surpass emotional depths if we allow them to.
I turned 70 last year and became more aware of the fact that each day is one fewer of those I have left to live. I have the choice to rejoice or be disheartened. I choose to rejoice for what I have accomplished and for what I have left to do in what time remains.
In her wonderful book about aging, The Gift of Years, Benedictine nun Joan Chittister writes,
“A blessing of these years is that they enable us to change our part of the world in ways that are as expressive of us as they are good for others.”
That is what this website affords me the opportunity to do.
Please continue to make prayer a part of your life. Pray for peace and pray for children.
“Prayer is the presence that holds harmony in the midst of chaos. Every time you pray, you add to the light and harmony of creation. If you do not pray, if you do not believe in prayer, then you are living off the prayers of other people.”
John O’Donohue, 1956 – 2008
Be a Vitruvian Man, Be a Noble Person!
May your quest for Kalos Kagathos in 2020 be a rewarding one