There’s something about the flow of a river that touches me deeply. As it winds its way through bright open fields, shadowy woodlands and jagged mountainous rocks giving life to everything around it, I always sense an urgency in it, even in its stillness, to ultimately find its rest in the all embracing love of the sea. Whenever I’m beside a river I think of the words of Norman Maclean who wrote, “A River Runs Through It.”
“Eventually all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.”
There are places and spaces in nature and elsewhere that are full of mysterious presence. To be in these places is to feel and experience an almost otherworldly and awe-inspiring reality. I felt this as I stood in this particular section of Rochester Cathedral.
Blossoms always remind me of bursts of inspiration and unfolding ideas. Who would not want a mind overflowing with blossoms.
“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” Well, I’m not so sure about that. I took this shot on a walk recently and it has all the characteristics of being Autumn. But it’s not, it’s Spring.
Assumptions! Assumptions! I have to confess I’ve got it so wrong at times in spite of it appearing so right.
There are moments of rest in life where we stop moving and grasping, where we confine ourselves to one place and simply let our sails down. Here we contemplate where we are and what we’re really all about. These moments inevitably enable us to reset our sails and to move once again into greater meaning and purpose.
Perceptions – probably one of the key aspects to living well. To see and not to see, is the issue. To try and see things from a confined and dark room will always be problematic and in many cases dangerous. The world behind the window is small and cramped, but the one beyond it is wide, open and welcoming.