17. Flow Like Water
I'm seated in the plastic yellow addirondack chair on the veranda at our West Vancouver AirBnB. A small spring creek runs through the yard here, and it empties into the ocdan at West Bay Park a couple blocks away.
Water has a specific nature and purpose: to get to the ocean and become salty. Even the strongest of man-made structures cannot stop this process, but only delay it. Along the way, we use the purpose of water to our own ends: shipping on barges, harnessing hydro-power, fishing, swimming, bathing and watering crops. All the while, we may take 9 of every 10 drops from the stream, but the purpose of the water remains the same: get to the sea. Water never reconsiders the situation and changes its goals because its resources have been squeezed.
I seek to flow like water. I want to be so in touch with my own purpose that it guides me even in moments when I'm not giving it concious thought. When people take parts of me as I meander on my journey, I will give freely, knowing that my purpose remains the same.