The Water Beckons Us

The Divine Source of Everything has unconditionally provided us a precious, transparent fuel.

The water one consumes has served many. Gaze into your glass, contemplate where this water has been, ponder who it has helped and what it has supported. Consider the many ways it might serve you. It is after all, an integral part of everything that nurtures our physical body, from the matrix that holds together the trillions of cells that comprise us to the blood that flows through our veins.

All too often we take this life-sustaining fluid for granted, even to the point of polluting it. We should never hoard this resource because if it remains still, water will certainly stagnate. But if it’s allowed to flow, it will stay pure. Therein lies one of its many lessons.

The nature of water is not to seek the high places rising above anything else, rather water settles into the lowest of places. It beckons us in the humblest of ways to do the same. It encourages us to remain low, never seeking praise or attention. It reminds us to be receptive and respectful of everyone, particularly those who may not routinely receive such reverence.

History has graced us with role models who have practiced this humility of living while remaining low. They include Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi, the Buddha, Abraham, Mohammed, Gandhi, Rev. Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and now, Pope Francis. We should strive to become members of this tribe of humanitarians who have dedicated their lives to the service of those less fortunate, wishing nothing in return.

With your next glass of water, silently remind yourself with each sip to nourish others in the same life-flourishing way that streams offer themselves to animals and rain delivers to plants.

Say a prayer of gratitude for this life-sustaining, always-flowing substance — our teacher. May we come to see the parallels between this precious fluid and ourselves; for as the water sustains life in harmony with everything that lives . . . so can we.

Life is Always Fair

There are no mistakes, no missteps. Life’s events only become calamities if we allow them to become so. If you look at challenges as a normal part of life, they can actually be the driving force of change.