Friday, June 4, 2010
Building a dry stone wall is an exercise in regrouping. The mass of random stones which have been collected or dumped in a pile onto our property are going to have to be systematically regrouped into a much smaller more ordered space. There is something inherently pleasing about this undertaking. Regrouping stones can often become a visual or physical equivalent to regrouping mentally or emotionally. We are taking the time to turn the seemingly random aspects of our lives into a 'better' organized structural pattern. The activity of regrouping is a valuable exercise that greatly contributes to our sense of well being and contentment. If we have an opportunity to arrange even a small selection of stones in a wall and stand back understand the decision making and how it works we begin to understand what the benefits are and what is involved in regrouping in the more complex and abstract applications of daily life.