Recently, I’ve been waking in the early morning hours, usually between 3 – 4 a.m. A pleasant quiet fills the room – as perceptible as the soft quiet created by early morning snowfall. Unusually quiet. Quiet enough to wake someone from a deep sleep, quiet enough to realize the raccoon is sitting in the deck fountain again.
Have you noticed similarities between water and happiness? Both have multiple states – water manifests in ice, liquid, or gas; happiness shows in laughter, smiles, or touch. Both exhibit energy through movement – both flow through, around, under, and over obstacles. Both are essential ingredients for life and both help sustain energy. Both are described using verbs; waves, flow, drops, or floods. Both erode other substances or states – water breaks rock into minerals and happiness dissolves sadness into dust. And both offer relief from harmful conditions; water offers relief from drought and happiness offers relief from depression.
I offer water to the creatures who share my garden; I offer happiness to the people who share my life.
All other offerings flow from both.