“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it does not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it...”
Margaret Atwood (The Penelopiad)
I'm at the lake. This morning, as the sun climbs above the horizon, I see that this will be a beautiful, sunny spring day. The lake is calm, trees in half-leaf, birds busily make nests and fuss to see who will find a mate. Martins skim the surface of the water for breakfast. Two houses down the beach, Canadian geese honk at a pair of Labrador retrievers who are madly swimming after them. In short, this is a beautiful place to be. I take in the scene, and know in every cell how very fortunate I am to be sitting on this sunny peninsula, surrounded by water, gazing at such an idyllic scene.
When I am at lake's edge, the tug is strong to enter. The dogs cannot resist, even though the water is still cold. Some ancient part of me recognizes a primal home. Now our bodies carry the water that spawned life. More than half our body weight, depending on age and gender, is water—infants, 75-78%; average adults, 50-65%. We are more water than skin and bones.
Since we are made of it, we would do well to recognize some of the properties of water—how it does not resist, how it allows. It can be contained by great effort, but when it escapes, nothing can stop it. Water goes where it wants to go; it patiently wears away whatever is in its path. If it cannot go through an obstacle, it goes around. Water carved the Grand Canyon, created the ancient formations in Utah, and once upon a time, the Appalachian Mountains were sea floor. Water is one of the most powerful natural forces on Planet Earth. And you...well...you are filled with it. I hope you feel your power today.
In the Spirit,