December 28, 2021
Reflections, Day 76
“The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
I got home yesterday and found Dekie’s miniature bonsai gardens sitting next to the sink waiting for a drink. She’s been growing and shaping these for a number of years. The plants range from a miniature variety of jade plant that I kept around for many years before losing them to her in an arm wrestling match (she cheated), to a miniature cactus that Bill Amos gave us a number of years ago.
The small, palm-sized bonsai plants are classified by the name of “Shohin.” Shohin plants are prized by bonsai admirers and you don’t see many of them.
You rarely find the dwarf or “miniature” varieties of plants in nurseries or in the big box stores for good reason—they take a long time to grow and people prefer larger plants for the price. The shohin admirer is one who looks at an unshaped, small, dwarf plant with a somewhat higher price and says, “Neat.”
Our world is mostly impressed by size.
“The larger the better.”
“The more the better.”
But, sometimes, we look beyond size and quantity to find beauty in the smaller things. After all, in the middle of the galaxy, we wouldn’t even qualify as a speck of dust.
In the words of the elf-man:
“He cocked his and with his eye he looked me through and through,
“I’m quite as big for me, said he, as you are big for you.”
Power to the peaceful