5. Quiert

Delight, respite, celebration

Tree: Apple (Malus spp.)

Letter: Q

Photo from Wikipedia

The apple is an ancient symbol of bounty, harmony, and completion. True to symbolism, Quiert indicates a time of well-deserved rest, or at least that you deserve rest even if you are unable to have enough of it. Constant activity goes against the flow of nature. Our society, which seeks to progress at an ever-faster pace until the human race metastasizes across the universe, has got it all wrong. Slowing down is the appropriate action in many cases, for instance after a period of activity or at the culmination of a big project.

There is great delight in the smallest periods of rest, whether that means taking the time to thank the person at the restaurant for making your sandwich (just because you paid for it with money does not mean verbal gratitude goes unappreciated) or to give a firm, polite “no” when someone deliberately or unwittingly threatens your peace of mind by asking too much of you. Quiert speaks of the sweetness of small human gestures and petite graces. Without them, civilization wouldn’t be quite so civilized, nor would it be as worthy of holding together.

Quiert might also indicate a longer resting/healing time for you or for someone else, or that rest is needed. Quiert says, “Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses. Observe. Live in the moment instead of always planning for the perfect future or reliving the past.” It is a marker of gratitude in general, and the slowness required to fully sense the world around us.

Questions when you draw Quiert:
-What is the status of my physical health right now? What do I need to maintain my health?
-What is the funniest thing that happened today?
-What are three small ways I can show my gratitude, even if I only show it to myself?

Quiert ill-dignified excess: Take a break, or else
You need to let yourself rest because you are close to a breaking point. Your body or mind may force the issue and make you sick or depressed if you can’t stop the punishing routines you are perhaps feeling trapped in. It’s all too common to burn out — once again, we have an insane society that insists we are not well-adjusted unless we run at full speed until we feel like dying. Another factor that may add to the punishment/overwork is fear — fear of losing economic security, a job, a reputation. Still, as much as you feel you can’t stop, you’re almost burnt out.

Quiert ill-dignified dearth: “I’m bored.”
To those who believe there’s nothing to do in this life: you would be gravely wrong. Even the least of us with the most disadvantages has missions to accomplish and roles to fulfill. If you have the luxury of not seeking something to do with your time, you will have simply shirked your to do list to endless incarnations of worsening circumstances until you learn once and for all how not to be bored. Get to work: learn a practical skill, help someone out, find a way to be the change you want to see in the world, no matter how small. Those who say “I’m bored” often turn to escapism in addictive forms, so this could be a warning about potential addictions. Another thing the perpetually bored like to do is to saddle others with the responsibility for keeping them entertained (they often have mommy/daddy issues because it is their own parents who spoiled them in the first place). Other people are not put here to help you escape your life. In many cases, the statement “I’m bored” should be replaced with “I’m lazy.”


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
-John F. Kennedy

“I’m in a hurry to get things done
I rush and rush until life’s no fun
All I really got to do is live and die
but I’m in a hurry and don’t know why”
-Song by Alabama

“Ungratefulness is worse than a cancer; it eats away at your soul, blinding your heart and eyes to the beauty and miracles that are all around us each day in our lives.”    
-Geraldine Vermaak

“Civility does not…mean the mere outward gentleness of speech cultivated for the occasion, but an inborn gentleness and desire to do the opponent good.”  ~Mahatma Gandhi