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 will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.
~ Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad
Water actually makes up approximately 60% of the human body. If we try to emulate the qualities of our greatest component, we would certainly have less stress and frustration in our daily lives! Not resisting what is, aspiring to make our interactions with others a gentle caress, and remembering the power of human perseverance, endurance and ingenuity are wise guidelines for daily living. I started to think about what other analogies could be made between humans and their predominant ingredient, water. Water is able to take the form of any container. Human adaption is at the foundation of our survival as a species. Be flexible!
Water has several states of being. So do humans! Remembering your eternal aspect can help you put the challenges of this life into a more realistic perspective.
We can be as cold as ice or frozen in fear. Our hearts can freeze and melt. We sometimes need to let off steam. We may experience a flood of tears, a wave of longing or find ourselves adrift in a sea of despair.
Water is critical to our health. We are critical to the health of this planet.
Water has many uses; humans also apply themselves to a vast array of functions.
Water can sparkle. So can we!
Water may be pure and clear. We are born pure and clear, and then spend a majority of our lives trying to regain that state of Grace.
Water changes form according to season. We, too, change our appearance with each season of life.
A large body of water holds more power than a single drop. Humans working together are often able to accomplish much more than an individual.
This was a fun exercise. Can you think of more analogies or similarities?
May you flow and sparkle!
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