Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spent the morning at the LaBranche Wetlands right by the east wall levee of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. Perfect day by the lake, filled with parents and kids alike planting trees in the fledgling wetlands park the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is trying to get going and maintain, picking up trash by the lakefront at this place where locals came out to fish at the small pier jutting out into the waters...

... and it was there I learned an important lesson, as I looked at the hundreds of seedlings that were planted and knew then that it was up to the plants and the elements as to whether or not the new trees would survive and thrive:

It is not your duty to complete the work; but neither are you free to desist from it. The day is short, and the work is great, and the workers are lazy, and the reward is much, and the master of the house is impatient. - Rabbi Tarfon, Pirkei Avot 2:16

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