I love the river.
It reminds me of my own heartbeat. It is pulsing life's very blood every minute without any thanks at all.
Not a very original observation, but nonetheless, there it is.
And...like my heartbeat, I must slow the normal distractions of life and shift my focus to appreciate the river for its gifts.
Break the surface of the water with the right bait, for instance, and you'll find fish of every size and description. Or they'll find you.
But you do have to break that surface tension of the water to get anywhere.
Odd as this may seem to you, this being my birthday -- well...the 17th was -- and having just returned from a river cruise, I thought I could get away with asking you to join me for a little focused quiet time.
If you want to that is...
Appropriately, I think, let me show you (again for some) a favorite piece of writing. It's by Marianne Williamson, from her book, A Return To Love.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And, as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
(Suggested protestations include: "No, I'm not that good of a person" ... "But I can't write that well" ... "As long as you don't develop expectations of me based on this -- your bar is too high" ... "GOD! This calls me to action" ... "Let's drink beer, instead" ...)
May I suggest we relax and take a breath.
Quiet the noise.
Go ahead and read it, again.
P.S. Michel, I received an email from a reader of your forum saying you had started a thread wishing me, "Happy birthday". Thank you. You and others are always welcome here.