Saying someone is “the salt of the earth” typically means they are “down to earth” or that they are well grounded, hard-working, strong. We talk about people being “earthy” and there is certainly a movement back towards simplifying and “living off the earth”. There is even a theory out there that states the planet is a living, breathing organism.
When we talk about “earth”, we can talk about our planet, the dirt, the rocks, the minerals. It is all of the solid matter that makes up our world along with the water and the wind. We will explore out to use the element of earth in our Enjoy the Elements workshop this Saturday from 1-3 P.M.
In the meantime, read this wonderful poem called Earth Ball, by an unknown author:
If the earth were only a
few feet in diameter, floating a
few feet above a field somewhere,
people would come from everywhere to
marvel at it. People would walk around it
marveling at its big pools of water, its little
pools and the water flowing between the pools.
People would marvel at the bumps on it, and the
holes in it, and they would marvel at the very thin
layer of gas surrounding it and the water suspended in
the gas. The people would marvel at all the creatures
walking around the surface of the ball, and in the water.
The people would declare it precious because it was the
only one and they would protect it so that it would not
be hurt. The ball would be the greatest wonder
known, and people would come to behold it, to be
healed, to gain knowledge, to know beauty and
wonder how it could be. People would love it,
and defend it with their lives, because they
would some how know that their lives,
their own roundness, could be nothing
without it. If the earth were
only a few feet in
d i a m e t e r.