Only love, with no thought of return,
can soften the point of suffering.
‘Water in its clear softness fills the whatever hole it finds. It is not skeptical or distrusting. It does not say this gully is too deep or that field is too open.
Like water, the miracle of love is that it covers whatever it touches, making the touched thing grow while leaving no trace of its touch.
Most things break instead of transform because they resist. The quiet miracle of love is that without our interference, it, like water, accepts whatever is tossed or dropped or place into it, embracing it completely.
Of course, we are human and are easily hurt if not loved back or if loved poorly. But we waste so much of life’s energy be deliberating who and what shall be worthy of our love when in the deepest elemental sense, these choices are not in our province, anymore that rain can choose what it shall fall upon.
And over a lifetime, the pain of withholding this great and quiet force is more damaging than the pain of being rejected or loved poorly.
For love, like water, can be dammed, but toward what end?’
-Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening
Donated water from all over the country being delivered to Flint, Michigan:
“That’s amazing, I’m proud of us, human beings. I was not liking humans for a while there!”
Almost in the same breath, she asks:
“Is this America? I am stupefied that I’m not in, like, Ethiopia or somewhere. You’re talking about clean water.”
She believes her sons are experiencing developmental issues and skin rashes due to the lead in the drinking water that has gone undetected for so long.
NPR will conduct a longitudinal study/reports on the effects of lead in Flint’s water system.
Many of us individually are already doing what we can…want to do more…to save our fresh water. Walking yesterday evening through Ketchum I see 2 residential complexes and a non-profit organization watering lawns that are already green in our early spring during a day of rain, and rain the day prior. As a community collective, locally, nationally, globally, we must think beyond how we traditionally use our resources. As our planet population continues to grow exponentially, it is our responsibility to change our common practices. Maybe we can start by giving up our green lawns with landscaping that compliments and nourishes our Earth, while saving our most precious resource. It isn’t oil. It’s water.