Guest Post: A Story Skeleton by Kathy Davis
September 28, 2017
I can watch the flow of water in a rocky, shallow river for hours at a time. Nothing particular occupies my mind; just the travel of water over the hills, valleys, and byways that comprise the river’s topography. The water goes carelessly over, around, and under the boulders and stones that determine its path. When it meets resistance it does not fight against it. Rather, it seeks the nearest and easiest course in its gravitational pull to reach its final level.
Just as each drop of water is a part of the whole, so can that drop become a separate entity. It can transform into bits of foam as the air infuses its cells and a tiny rainbow dresses its surface. Or, single droplets can break away from the whole and as they are thrown from the cascade of water surging over a boulder or rolling off the crest of a wave they become diamonds flying through the air. Then, as each droplet settles back into the flow, it becomes, once again, an unremarkable bit of water, part of the whole.
The path of resistance, or least resistance.
In what direction would we go? We, as well, must continually move onward in life. Not to do so would be to stagnate, to become a haven for the growth of undesirable pestilence. Should we move with the whole, building power in cohesiveness? Or do we separate into tributaries or tangential pathways seeking our own life fulfillment? Yes, and yes.
Shouldn’t we, on the way though, take a moment to sparkle as the diamond filled rapids and the cresting wave? Or, perhaps float gently as a bubble on the surface adding both color and clarity to the whole around us? Do we become a part of the whole again as the flow of life once again enfolds us? Such is the cycle of life.
We are all part of the whole of humanity, each with the capacity to shine or enhance the beauty of those around us. Our Creator has given each one of us talents and gifts as we work together to carry the river along, overcoming, not fighting against, resistance and celebrating with diamonds and rainbows on our way to our final goal.
Your turn: Do you go with the flow in life? Or do have a hard time stopping to enjoy the moment?
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