I wanted to share with you.
Imagine yourself as a rock.
Not just a rock sitting on the earth, but a rock firmly set inside a running river.
You, the rock, are “hit” by many things throughout the day:
Fast water that can hurt you,
Slow water that feels nice on your surface;
The bright and hot sunshine,
Cold wind and heavy raindrops from a thunderstorm;
Brown, mucky water,
Crystal clear blue water;
and newly fallen leaves;
Plastic wrappers and such,
Rough bumps from kayaks and canoes
Smooth bumps from tubes and rafts;
Sweet sounds of children’s laughter,
Heinous sounds of fear and horror.
You are “hit” with it all.
But, you don’t move.
You just notice.
As each thing passes by.
And, you stay still.
Because you are a rock.
As this holiday of Thanksgiving approaches, and many of us will sit down to a meal with family and friends whom we love, whom we don’t love so much, whom we understand, whom we don’t quite understand, whom we admire, whom we less than admire… perhaps we can try to be a rock for a few moments. And, allow anything that comes our way, to be an opportunity just to choose to just be still and notice.