In his book The Irresistible Revolution, Shane Claiborne offers these words:
Everyone in our culture has been deeply polluted
by the noise and garbage of this world,
and we all need to be washed clean.
We need minds that are renewed and uncluttered
so they are free to dream again.
What is it about a non-traditionalist that invites us to imagine better? How does a wordsmith pen the perfect word to describe a state we didn’t know we were in the middle of and at the same time invoke in us a sense of outrage and longing for better? Granted, we can name the garbage…and the noise. But to say we are polluted implies a subtle tainting of our original intent to the point that pollution defines our perception of reality.
Shaped by culture, we need seasons of renewal and uncluttering. It is the only way we can see reality unpolluted. In order for us to dream purely, unbridled and free, we need to be washed clean. Maybe that is why I love Spring. The smells, sights, warmth and even showers provide a visual of cleansing, renewal and pruning. Not long ago it was winter and soon it will be summer, but for now it is Spring…a gift by the Creator of renewal, rebirth and re-creation. A do-over if you will…a chance to dream again.
I know we are headed to the semester’s close. I know the days will tick away quickly and soon we will be gathered for commencement. But before then, wander across campus. Kick off your shoes and enjoy the grass in the Dell. Plop yourself in a signature LC red chair and just breathe. Lay on the ground and cloud watch. Inhale the smells of the season and re-create, renew and cast aside the clutter.
May your dreams be glorious!