In lazy apathy let stoics boast, their virtue fix’d:
’tis fix’d as in a frost;
contracted all, retiring to the breast;
but strength of mind is exercise, not rest.
– Alexander Pope
It takes courage to ponder, to puzzle, to wrestle with a new way of thinking.
It takes strength to fully engage feelings without fear of the overwhelming flood.
It takes wisdom to care deeply and still govern oneself wisely.
4 thoughts on “Frost”
Isolating oneself is a way of preventing that “overwhelming flood”. Deep and meaningful post.
Is this plant Wintergreen or KinikiniK?
It’s not aromatic, has smooth-edged thick leaves and it grows at altitude in carpet clusters, so I’m pretty sure it’s kinnikkinnik, but they are probably related.