Day-97 Gratitude series
Is water enough?
Water is the essence of our life. About 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth’s water.
About 60% of the human adult body is water. According to the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water.
Wonderful statistics. True too.
But how much of you is made up of love?
And Gentleness, kindness, empathy, and laughter?
Watering plants is immensely soothing. And I realize that watering is not enough. They require requisite amounts of sunlight, the right texture of the soil, and manure too from time to time.
I have a special-single-stalk champa plant on my terrace that sprouts a single white-yellow flower each morning, which I lovingly pluck when I go visit her.
The scent of this one flower is so strong that it fills my room with its perfume. But the day that I miss going up in the morning, promptly she does not flower the next morning in protest.
I used to tell myself it is a coincidence that it happens as such.
I experimented many a time and I realized that this plant was one with high self-esteem. Of course, I named her little Ms. Gutsy.
Such is life. You win some. You lose some. Some you healthily let-go. And it is all ok. Life seems to have its own plan for us and when we flow in harmony with life, we are treated with miracles at unexpected turns. I am grateful that I could recognize the miracles strewn on my path.
The welcoming champa flower each morning is my day-start miracle.
When relative acts snootily, I often wonder at their incompetency in running their own life.
Especially when I have realized through experience that they have nothing to be snooty above. All it does is create black snoot that taints your face once you go up or down the chimney of life, as we all must.
It is required to understand that we require a cherished one to wipe the black of our faces, when our hands are snooty, hence cultivating and nourishing relationships becomes a requirement for a rich life.
I detest the word and the sentiment that goes with maintaining relationships. Maintenance contracts are for washing machines and refrigerators.
With people, you nourish and nurture with love, attention and precious time. You read eyes and sense feelings. You create JOY.
Well, I can sense it and I am grateful for it.
Desiderata by Max E.
“Go placidly amid the noise and haste
And remember what there may be in silence
Especially, do not feign affection
Neither be cynical about love
For in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
It is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
Gracefully surrendering the things of youth
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
Be gentle with yourself
You are a child of the Universe
No less than the trees and the stars,
You have a right to be here
And whether or not it is clear to you,
No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should
Therefore be at peace with God
Whatever you conceive Him to be,
And whatever your labours and aspirations
In the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams
It is still a beautiful world
Strive to be happy”
Light & Love