Tuesday, December 06, 2005


Water nourishes my body and my soul. I'm never more at home with myself when it's part of the landscape. I have so many memories of trying to skim stones across water. It's one of those simple pleasures whose delight far outweighs its difficulty. I can see myself standing on the shore of Pickwick Lake, Greer's Ferry Lake, an inlet of the Tennessee River, and the manmade lake in the backyard of a friend's house tossing one stone after another to watch the smooth surface of the water gently buckle up, calm and then repeat itself. I can't go near a lake without tossing a stone in it.

All my memories of this seem to take place at twilight when water and sky are both darkening and the opposite shore seems more distant. It's something best done after you've spent an active day on the water, when your energy is waning, and mentally, you're shifting gears to a quiet night ahead. It's an activity perfect for both contemplation and quiet companionship.

The world of Physics is confounding. Very few classes intimidated me as much as it did. I struggled through it, not because I hated it, but because I loved it, and all of its implications blew my mind. Who needed hallucinogens when the operations of our natural world were so incredible? The simple act of throwing stones into a pond was the perfect example of every action having an equal and opposite reaction. The opposite reaction of a pebble tossed into water always surprised me with how far it reached. Seeing how far ripples could spread made me realize how much energy little things like a pebble and an easy sideways arm toss contained.

I think that most of our actions are like that. We often don't realize how far simple things can spread and the affect they can have. Ripples remind me to use my energy well. They remind me of the world's interconnections. They remind me that I actually do have power in this world to make changes. They remind me to act mindfully and with my intention aimed at that so hard to define greater good because I can't always predict what the outcome of my actions will be. This is the wisdom of water.

This topic suggested by Wil.


Blogger amy said...

I've believed in the ripple effect for a long time. My hubby is one of those "change the world" people and he gets frustrated because he only sees the big picture... I'm more for changing the world a little bit at a time, even if you can't see where your ripples are actually going :)

December 06, 2005 7:58 AM  
Blogger Lisa :-] said...

Skipping stones...always remends me of my Dad and my Grndfather. Lisa

And sometimes I feel so insubstantial that I swear I've never made a ripple in my life.. :-]

December 06, 2005 11:19 AM  
Blogger Candace said...

I went to a wedding recently where the bride and groom was married on an island. After the ceremony each guest was given a stone with the bride & grooms names painted on them and at the count of three, tossed them into the water. The symbolism was that each life, each relationship has "ripples" surrounding them...how each life/relationship affects someone else. It was pretty moving to watch the ripples and think about that.
Hey! I'm finally finding my way around this burb!

December 06, 2005 12:57 PM  
Blogger Judith HeartSong said...

beautiful post.

December 06, 2005 2:25 PM  
Blogger kas said...

Love this...it reminds me of so very many things...

December 06, 2005 3:52 PM  
Blogger IndigoSunMoon said...

I know exactly what you mean. Seeing the ocean, a babbling brook, or a waterfall...

They all bring joy to my soul.


December 07, 2005 7:37 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

I can relate to your comment about feeling at home near the water. I am the same way. I live about an hour from the ocean, but as soon as I come over the crest of the hill and see it before me, I feel like I am where I belong. Maybe we were fish in another life ? LOL Thanks for this ... I enjoyed reading it. http://journals.aol.com/onemoretina/Ridealongwithme

December 07, 2005 11:56 PM  

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