Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Inukshuk

Inukshuk, pronounced in-ook-shook, are stone monuments erected in the image of humans. One of their purposes was to communicate direction in the harsh and desolate Arctic, often a sign to show the way home.  As such they were a tool for survival, and symbolic of the unselfish acts of a nomadic people - the Inuit - who built them as signposts to make the way easier and safer for those who followed.  
The hands of many and the efforts of an entire group were required to build these massive stone sculptures.  The Inukshuk are the product of cooperation, teaching us that as good as our individual efforts may be, together we can do even greater things.
Inukshuk's In My Garden
( We built these Inukshuk's on the beach,
then carried the heavy pieces up to the car
to be placed in garden at home)

Each stone is a separate entity.  Each supports, and is supported by, the one above and the one below it.  No one piece is any more or less important than another.  Its strength lies in its unity.  Its significance comes from its meaning as a whole. What is true about the Inukshuk is true about people.  Each individual entity alone has significance.  As part of a team each of us supports, and is supported by, another
The Inukshuk celebrate our working together.  They continue to remind us of our inter-dependent responsibilities to invest our efforts today, to direct a better way for all of us tomorrows. 
The difference we make today, counts in all our tomorrows.