Field of Cairns

More Than Just a Pile of Rocks

Several weeks ago I walked though a field of cairns on a trail. What’s more shocking than the wild notion of outside exercise is the idea of a positive message formed rocks. It was just a river bed of rocks and one day someone decided to pile up a small stack of them.

A meme evolved and nearly every person, man, woman or child who walked by built a cairn or two or three. There were literally hundreds, if not thousands, of rock cairns as far as anyone could look in any direction; on the ground, on logs, in trees. My best guess would be that it covered the distance of a several football fields.

While it would have been just as easy for a passer by to start kicking down the cairns they chose to walk through, take pictures or add to the field. This was a miniature community of like minded people who sent the silent little message back and forth that there was no agenda here. This was safe, this was home, this was just because and it wasn’t sponsored by anyone.

It is amazing what is capable of human beings when they’re away from the needless distractions of life and negative influences. We’re all capable of being part of a positive movement but just mired in the day to day and infiltration of chain emails, Google alerts and more-news-at-eleven sound bites that just cause fear and worry instead of awareness.

The reality of our world is that there are plenty of bad things to be found without looking really hard. It’s a national movement to consume bad “news” and most of us don’t even realize it. You are totally saturated in it unless you consciously choose to not be and it is changing you.

Back in the day, neighbors raised barns together and helped build each other up instead of tear each other down. I guess when they were raising those barns the TV’s weren’t blazing twenty-four hours a day, they didn’t text message while they were talking to each other and they didn’t care who had twelve mistresses and if he’d ever golf again.

There is a distinct difference between being aware and being told too much about something that doesn’t even matter, won’t change your life for the better or help our community. I challenge you to pay attention, identify the difference and carefully choose what you contribute or take away from the community be it your neighborhood, your city or your email circle of friends.

Attitude is contagious, good or bad, even in the middle of a field full of rocks. 

Regardless of what you may be personally going through with your home, your family, your finances or your health I hope you find it in your heart today to build a cairn instead of kick one down.


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