web analytics

A word of thanks

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, January 6th, 2017 - 11 comments
Categories: uncategorized - Tags:

Sometimes people forget to say thank you. A small but common discourtesy and meanness. So let me make this minor adjustment to the world.

Robert Guyton wrote a good number of posts here in the two months before Christmas.

I’ve never met the man. I hope to. There aren’t a whole lot of idealists in the world. Of those idealists, fewer who do it, and do it for years; not for gain of anything the world respects, but because in one tiny speck of this blue miracle amidst stars you give life as if it’s the most generous thing you can offer. Trees of that scale require decades of you – longer than people raise children. That’s life far beyond the tactical;  to call it a strategy also seems somehow insulting.

So far as I could tell of those posts, there’s a minimum of preening, self-righteousness, bitterness at the inevitable beatings that the world hands out, or religious superiority. Simply a few lessons about tending the growth of carefully-chosen trees into gardens and from there into sanctuary.

These kinds of people, so far as i can tell, don’t even do it because they think that the right and good will win, or cosmic lessons must be scolded out, or that this old world will overturn and will in final measure be redeemed. What he’s done will outlast him, but I never detected it being out of any resistance against mortality itself, like some vain octogenarian art collector.

Today, it’s reported, one of the very last Shakers has died. Sister Frances Carr. Soon there will be not one of that movement left alive. Maybe in a hundred years someone will pick up the Shaker beliefs and dust them off to form further intentional community. Maybe. Point is, she lived it to the very last day of her life. And it was good.

You have to want to let something like Robert’s posts challenge your values. Allow it. Even harder to let that change alter your actions. And in doing so, ideally, not hate yourself for what you already do to start with. Or indeed let all the collected conspiracy and causation of this world make all your actions seem futile. That takes a certain rare lightness.

What the Robert Guyton posts was put a lighthouse on a rock. And from that lighthouse, glimpse others far in the distance. Those low-key idealists who do the work can be a lighthouse. Maybe that’s a politics, and maybe that doesn’t matter either.

So Mr Guyton, thankyou. You challenged me. I know I’m not the same as you. It’s important you exist. You’re doing an important thing. Do more. And when you’re ready, tell us more.

11 comments on “A word of thanks ”

  1. Jenny Kirk 1

    totally agree with you. The Sundays writing were a great pleasure to read, and did actually inspire some thought in trying to do the same, albeit in a very small urban way.

  2. Pat 2

    hear hear

  3. Hanswurst 3

    Nice post. I believe that the second-to-last paragraph should begin, “What the Robert Guyton posts did was put a lighthouse on a rock.”

  4. weka 4

    You have to want to let something like Robert’s posts challenge your values. Allow it. Even harder to let that change alter your actions. And in doing so, ideally, not hate yourself for what you already do to start with. Or indeed let all the collected conspiracy and causation of this world make all your actions seem futile. That takes a certain rare lightness.

    One of the best summations of what is needed that I’ve seen in a long time, thanks Ad. Great post.

  5. gsays 5

    Thanks advantage, you have articulated beautifully my sentiments.
    Please keep up your contributions.

    Thanx again, g.

  6. Colonial Viper 6

    Good on you, Robert, hi from Dunedin 🙂

  7. So Mr Guyton, thankyou. You challenged me. I know I’m not the same as you. It’s important you exist. You’re doing an important thing.

    Same from me. We’ve argued plenty about genetic modification, but I wholeheartedly endorse the above statements – we need more of the country put back into trees, and anyone doing that and disseminating info on how to do it well is doing a great job.

  8. Over breakfast, my wife Robyn asked, “Why haven’t you replied to the post on The Standard?”
    “What post?”, I asked, having not had time during a very busy Friday of visits from friends and family to give the internet anything more than a cursory glance. She showed me Ad’s post and I’m still taken aback by his kind words; thank you, Ad, for your courtesy. I found being unexpectedly-thanked surprisingly moving. I especially like the way you write; your phraseology is elegant and it’s a pleasure to read whatever you post. Thanks also to those people who read and commented on my posts; that interplay was fun. All in all, being published on The Standard was a rewarding experience. I’d love to give it another whirl in 2017.

  9. Cinny 9

    + Infinity, beautifully said Advantage.

    Mr Guyton, Sir, you are all shades of awesome, a huge wealth of knowledge, articulate, practical and very intelligent. But above all you love nature, you are so fully aware that you are part of it and it is part of you, and you share the information you have gathered from many life times of experience. For that so deeply thankful we are.

    You are an ancient from the great grove, often we are actually remembering rather than learning, such remembering often comes from practical application. Keep doing what you are doing Sir and thanks again for sharing your wisdom and words, and and, please Sir when it is time, can we have some more, love your posts.

    And big up’s to The Standard for publishing Mr Guytons outlook and expertise.

    Much love and respect to you and yours.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Environment Court Judge appointed
    Prudence Steven QC, barrister of Christchurch has been appointed as an Environment Judge and District Court Judge to serve in Christchurch, Attorney-General David Parker announced today. Ms Steven has been a barrister sole since 2008, practising in resource management and local government / public law.    She was appointed a Queen’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Government moves on climate promises
    The Government is delivering on its first tranche of election promises to take action on climate change with a raft of measures that will help meet New Zealand’s 2050 carbon neutral target, create new jobs and boost innovation. “This will be an ongoing area of action but we are moving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Jump starting research careers
    The Government is investing up to $10 million to support 30 of the country’s top early-career researchers to develop their research skills. “The pandemic has had widespread impacts across the science system, including the research workforce. After completing their PhD, researchers often travel overseas to gain experience but in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Project protects jobs and nature
    A Waitomo-based Jobs for Nature project will keep up to ten people employed in the village as the tourism sector recovers post Covid-19 Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “This $500,000 project will save ten local jobs by deploying workers from Discover Waitomo into nature-based jobs. They will be undertaking local ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister Shaw speaks with U.S. Presidential Envoy John Kerry
    Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw spoke yesterday with President Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. “I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak with Mr. Kerry this morning about the urgency with which our governments must confront the climate emergency. I am grateful to him and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs makes three diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today announced three diplomatic appointments: Alana Hudson as Ambassador to Poland John Riley as Consul-General to Hong Kong Stephen Wong as Consul-General to Shanghai   Poland “New Zealand’s relationship with Poland is built on enduring personal, economic and historical connections. Poland is also an important ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Major redevelopment of Wainuiomata High School underway
    Work begins today at Wainuiomata High School to ensure buildings and teaching spaces are fit for purpose, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. The Minister joined principal Janette Melrose and board chair Lynda Koia to kick off demolition for the project, which is worth close to $40 million, as the site ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New expert group appointed to advise Government on Oranga Tamariki
    A skilled and experienced group of people have been named as the newly established Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board by Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis today. The Board will provide independent advice and assurance to the Minister for Children across three key areas of Oranga Tamariki: relationships with families, whānau, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • COVID-19 vaccine slated for possible approval next week
    The green light for New Zealand’s first COVID-19 vaccine could be granted in just over a week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today. “We’re making swift progress towards vaccinating New Zealanders against the virus, but we’re also absolutely committed to ensuring the vaccines are safe and effective,” Jacinda Ardern said. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New ACC Board members announced.
    The Minister for ACC is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to join the Board of ACC on 1 February 2021. “All three bring diverse skills and experience to provide strong governance oversight to lead the direction of ACC” said Hon Carmel Sepuloni. Bella Takiari-Brame from Hamilton ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Economic boost for Southland marae
    The Government is investing $9 million to upgrade a significant community facility in Invercargill, creating economic stimulus and jobs, Infrastructure Minister Grant Robertson and Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene have announced.  The grant for Waihōpai Rūnaka Inc to make improvements to Murihiku Marae comes from the $3 billion set ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Celebrating the Entry Into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
    [Opening comments, welcome and thank you to Auckland University etc] It is a great pleasure to be here this afternoon to celebrate such an historic occasion - the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a moment many feared would never come, but ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Supporting disabled people to stay connected
    The Government is providing $3 million in one-off seed funding to help disabled people around New Zealand stay connected and access support in their communities, Minister for Disability Issues, Carmel Sepuloni announced today. The funding will allow disability service providers to develop digital and community-based solutions over the next two ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Voluntary saliva testing offered to quarantine workers from Monday
    Border workers in quarantine facilities will be offered voluntary daily COVID-19 saliva tests in addition to their regular weekly testing, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. This additional option will be rolled out at the Jet Park Quarantine facility in Auckland starting on Monday 25 January, and then to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Next steps in firearms buy-back
    The next steps in the Government’s ambitious firearms reform programme to include a three-month buy-back have been announced by Police Minister Poto Williams today.  “The last buy-back and amnesty was unprecedented for New Zealand and was successful in collecting 60,297 firearms, modifying a further 5,630 firearms, and collecting 299,837 prohibited ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Jobs for Nature projects target iconic ecosystems
    Upscaling work already underway to restore two iconic ecosystems will deliver jobs and a lasting legacy, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says.  “The Jobs for Nature programme provides $1.25 billion over four years to offer employment opportunities for people whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 recession. “Two new projects ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Public Housing Plan announced
    The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government is committed to continuing its public house build programme at pace and scale. The extra 8,000 homes – 6000 public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Prime Minister congratulates President Joe Biden on his inauguration
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter to both our countries,” Jacinda Ardern said. “New Zealand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Jobs for Nature funding will create training and employment opportunities
    A major investment to tackle wilding pines in Mt Richmond will create jobs and help protect the area’s unique ecosystems, Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor says. The Mt Richmond Forest Park has unique ecosystems developed on mineral-rich geology, including taonga plant species found nowhere else in the country. “These special plant ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pre-departure testing extended to all passengers to New Zealand
    To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The change will come into force for all flights arriving in New Zealand after 11:59pm (NZT) on Monday ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Bay Cadets learn skills to protect environment
    Bay Conservation Cadets launched with first intake Supported with $3.5 million grant Part of $1.245b Jobs for Nature programme to accelerate recover from Covid Cadets will learn skills to protect and enhance environment Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the first intake of cadets at the launch of the Bay ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Cook Islanders to resume travel to New Zealand
    The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such as health. “Following confirmation of the Cook Islands’ COVID ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Supporting communities and landowners to grow employment opportunities
    Jobs for Nature funding is being made available to conservation groups and landowners to employ staff and contractors in a move aimed at boosting local biodiversity-focused projects, Conservation Minister Kiritapu Allan has announced. It is estimated some 400-plus jobs will be created with employment opportunities in ecology, restoration, trapping, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exception for some returning international tertiary students
    The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began. The exception will allow students to return to New Zealand in stages from April 2021. “Our top priority continues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Tiwai deal gives time for managed transition
    Today’s deal between Meridian and Rio Tinto for the Tiwai smelter to remain open another four years provides time for a managed transition for Southland. “The deal provides welcome certainty to the Southland community by protecting jobs and incomes as the region plans for the future. The Government is committed ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New member for APEC Business Advisory Council
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has appointed Anna Curzon to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC). The leader of each APEC economy appoints three private sector representatives to ABAC. ABAC provides advice to leaders annually on business priorities. “ABAC helps ensure that APEC’s work programme is informed by business community perspectives ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Govt’s careful economic management recognised
    The Government’s prudent fiscal management and strong policy programme in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been acknowledged by the credit rating agency Fitch. Fitch has today affirmed New Zealand’s local currency rating at AA+ with a stable outlook and foreign currency rating at AA with a positive ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Additional actions to keep COVID-19 out of NZ
    The Government is putting in place a suite of additional actions to protect New Zealand from COVID-19, including new emerging variants, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Given the high rates of infection in many countries and evidence of the global spread of more transmissible variants, it’s clear that ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 19 projects will clean up and protect waterways
    $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package A package of 19 projects will help clean up ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago