This was quite unlike another experience I'd had just a year earlier when I had found another old friend I had been looking for, for quite a long time . . . whom I'd discovered had passed away from cancer just six months before. I cried then too . . . but for much different reasons.
Have you ever listened to the song sung by Kathy Mattea entitled "Standing Knee Deep in a River and Dying of Thirst?" It's a song about loss . . . about friends we have taken for granted through the years, people we have loved and known . . . and lost . . . and about strangers just waiting for us to discover them, to make a connection with us . . . but . . . we turn our eyes away . . .
"They roll by just like water
And I guess we never learn
Go through life parched and empty
Standing knee deep in a river and dying of thirst."
It makes me wonder just how much actually is within our reach . . . within our ability to experience . . . that we miss simply because we are not watching for it, or open to it . . . or take it for granted. How often do we thirst after something we are longing for . . . when it's already all around us. How often are we drowning . . . and yet at the same time dying of thirst . . .
We thirst after happiness . . . whilst drowning in a river of abundance, taking for granted all that we already have received. Failing to appreciate, or even acknowledge at times . . . the many blessings in our lives.
There will always be something which we want . . . something more that we are striving for. It is in the very nature of man to be this way. It's this yearning for more which allows us to discover new worlds and concepts, solutions and cures . . . but if we fail to appreciate what we already have, in the course of looking for something more . . . then we have really lost it all.
To live consciously . . . is to live. Anything else is a waste of a good life . . . and it passes us by ever so quickly. I think of my mother who is 84 years old . . . and it seems to be quite old to me, but then I am brought up short in my next thought by the realization that she is only 23 years older than myself . . . and the remembrance of how very quickly the last 23 years have passed me by.
Standing knee deep in a river and dying of thirst . . .
Today I will choose to be conscious of who I am and what I have and where I am . . . and to be grateful for it all. I choose to be happy now.
A thought to carry with you . . .
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In The English Kitchen today . . . Lemon and Ginger Split Seconds. Deliciously simple!
Have a wonderful Saturday whatever you get up to! Don't forget along the way . . .
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And I do too! Bisous!