I went for a walk today and it started raining. As I walked through the rain, I thought about how the rain so beautifully washes the whole earth. How it washes the sky, the clouds, the tress, the leaves, each petal on every flower, the soil and everything around it. And how after the rain stops, the earth feels as if it has been cleansed. At that moment, I wished the rain would wash me in this way, from head to toe, drenched unapologetically, cleansed by the rainwater and prepared to start afresh.
I thought about the earth and about the grass that grows through it, how it is cut over and over and over again, yet it always grows back, just as green and as untouched in its original form, as if it had never been cut. I thought about how small but how resilient it is, standing through the seasons and never giving up, pushing through the soil and filling the land with its life. I wished I had that kind of resilience. If only I could grow back like the grass, pushing through and standing strong after life has cut me down to the brink of my existence? Flourishing, as if I were never touched by any sorrow?
I thought about the clouds in the sky and how they hover and float with no care in the world, gently balancing on their own existence...Just there, so delicately, above the entire world. How they silently move together in such harmony, almost as if they are guiding each other through the world. Out of nowhere but going somewhere... unified. If only we could all guide each other and float together in perfect unison.
I thought about the soil and how it is the base for all nourishment. How it helps nature grow and flourish so unselfishly. Taking all the burden of the world onto itself, proving all that depends on it with the ability to thrive. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all nourish and help each other like this?
I thought about how everything intertwines into each other forming a perfectly tuned orchestra. From the unheard sounds of the things we cannot hear to the faint echoes of the bird songs in the morning sky. How balanced and seamless it all seems, yet how noisy, unbalance and complicated the world sometimes seems.
I don't know about you, but recent events have allowed me to experience more moments of reflection and I find myself questioning where I fit in? What is my purpose in this world? Just as nature around me has an unquestionable cycle of purpose each creation impacting the other, what is my purpose? Not as a human but just as me? As I am? Where do I fit into this cycle? Where do I want to be in this cycle? How can I be more in tune with the world so effortlessly like nature?
For many of us - recent life has been a time for breaking down and a time for building up. A time for changing and a time for learning. A time for reflecting and a time for letting go. A time for weakness and a time for strength. A time for giving up... and a time for resilience.
Feeling vulnerable and reflecting is a natural part of the process. We find ourselves in a unique situation challenging the strongest of us. One day you may crumble into nothingness and the next, you may feel like an old tree. Standing tall, still here, still living and growing after so long, filled with wisdom and bringing hope even after all life has thrown its way ...and still able to provide safety and shelter to those in need.
As the night comes and the world suddenly feels so silent, you feel as if you have washed another day away just like the rain. But then you wake up the next day to do it all again and you may feel tired of the cycle. It has been an emotional rollercoaster at times and other times, a well needed time to breathe.
It is ok to feel a mixture of emotions right now. It's ok not to always feel ok. This is something we have not had to live through but yet here we are … living.
So just like the finely tuned nature around us, with each living creation holding its own purpose in the world. I guess we too have a purpose in this world... To be like nature.
Encouraging one another - just like the soil encourages life to grow.
Sheltering each other - just like the trees provide shelter to many.
Showing kindness and relief - just like the rain when it provides water to those who need it.
Working in unison - just like the clouds who gather and separate but are all part of the same sky.
We too can wash each day away just like the rain washes the earth, we too can live a life in a way that nourishes our soul. We too can work towards feeling light and careless just like the clouds above us…floating into a happy existence.
Be kind to yourself and take time to reflect. Learn from nature...be like nature.