Be Still

As many of you may know, I am an avid outdoorsman who loves nothing more than to be still in the wilderness and absorb the environment around me. The noise I hear are the quiet sounds of nature as it speaks to me in the stillness.

Recently as I stood in the Clearwater River here in Alberta I come to appreciate more and more the stillness of everything around me. The water rushing past my waders, the unseen smells of fall in the air, the far off distant call of Canada Geese as they make their annual migration and of course the swish of the line as it gently falls on the water before me. No matter the fly chosen, I watch as it slowly drifts over a small eddy then over a small pool in anticipation of a strike of an unseen Brown Trout. 

The same scene will play out over and over again. There may be hours pass, the cold of the glacier water numbing my legs but all is forgotten when the line snaps taught and the fight begins. The anticipation of a glimpse of seeing the magnificent fish clear the water shaking, are all worth it. To hold such a beautiful creation in your hands only to release it again brings a great peace in understanding why you are there. Nature speaks loudly of balance, structure and something far greater than man.

At the end of the day, sitting in a cabin by the fire I can reflect on the beauty I have been witness of throughout the day. I can have great peace in understanding I have played but a small part in such a complex world. Yes world be still and listen to the calling of your heart to love… Be still. 

© Rolly A. Chabot 

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We Stand

Often we say we stand in search of truth, justice and forgiveness in the wake of disaster here in Canada. We have seen it time and time again where we come together when we face adversity, we always have and always will. Disaster, sickness, flood have never stopped us before. We rally at the call for help, and always will. We are witness of the compassion we have for those around us and those afar, but especially when it strikes home. 

Our quiet resolve becomes one voice at times like these. Like many I had a father who stood against such in last World War. He did so to put a stop to the madness. We have our freedoms today because of their sacrifice of many. The thought of killing because of some ideology and radical belief system we fail to accept does not call for utright murder of innocent people and falls far short of compassion and love.

This past week we have been witness to two such attacks, two soldiers lost in this a time of peace because we stand for what is right. Terror strikes fear in people, the thought of becoming a Nation under attack is foreign to us and yet it has once again bound our peoples as one. We can call the attackers, radicals or called them mentally unstable. We are not called to judge but we are called to have a common voice against what is wrong. The end judgement will come from one who is the Alpha and the Omega, His judgement will be swift and just.

It is with great pride I stand with the many and say no to such. God Bless Canada and the many Nations who say no to this sort of thinking.

Rolly A. Chabot