Wistful Wednesday: Today I stole a moment just for me—with the help of a really pretty picture
Wistful Wednesday posts are my moments for me. I search out a really pretty picture, a quote that touches my heart, something that makes me sigh out-loud. I ramble along letting my mind take me wherever it wants to go. There’s a difference by the way, between an internal sigh and the type that actually graces your lips and leaks out into the great big world, and because I also teach Yoga and value the art of breathing so much, I love those giant type of out-loud sighs. :0)
“They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.”
― Hermann Hesse
The words—my words.
I stared at the rush of water this morning until I could almost hear it pouring over the rocks, until I could almost smell the wet earth along the edge of the stream. My face relaxed, my eyes drifted closed for a brief moment and I pictured the sun’s gentle fingers brushing my cheeks and hair, warming my toes.
I woke up for a second, blinking my eyes and staring out the patio door at home. A huge smile lifted up my face. Sometimes I just need a moment to remind myself, I am in the present and there’s magic to be found in every moment of life.
I stumbled upon this quote on Goodreads.com. It took my picture to a whole new depth comparing water with life, two beautifully complicated words, and I think I agree—one rushes into the other. Water gives life. It’s a basic need for all elements and beings. Animals, plants, people, even a car engine needs a little water. Water changes with the world—a little rain, a rock in the way, and simply adjusts to the sudden obstacle, flowing around and over it. Life feels like that to me, too. How you’re flowing along, thinking everything is sunny and wonderful—something happens. Your sunshine becomes a cloud, rain pours down on you and many times, I might have forgotten my umbrella or a jacket.
Life and water are in a state of constant change. They’re both chaotic and beautiful once you step back and take a good hard look at what lies at your feet. Water is forever changed by a rock, or a dam, or a new life that may take home somewhere close by. And just like life, you never know what you’re going to get, but you keep going and growing and hopefully, changing for the better.
One final thought about water and life, you live, you learn, and it’s great to teach. You can take someone’s hand and help them climb their rocks. You might even show them a new way to swim. That’s how I take comfort in difficult moments—helping others when they need it the most.