“Riffle” 30” x 24” Mixed media/panel
“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. What is soft is strong.” ~~ Lao Tzu
“Riffle” 30” x 24” Mixed media/panel
The currents of life are so mysterious. One day without much forethought, I intuitively took a chance, made a small gesture. It evolved naturally into an unexpected connection. The friendship flowed into a wonderful bond. Soon we were enjoying being on life’s river together; playfully bantering and splashing, basking on sun-kissed waters. We happily helped each other maneuver around small stumps and over occasional rocks, utterly enjoying the company at our side. I wondered aloud how in all our years both on this same stretch of water I’d never shared time with this fellow traveler. I was intrigued by the provocative and fascinating enigma of kismet. Delicate thoughts began to form in my spirit about possibilities...
Then suddenly, some seen, some unspoken undercurrents shifted and for vaguely defined reasons our kayaks were surged apart. Perhaps our boats came too close before we’d learned each other’s paddling style, or felt secure enough about our own skills. Maybe there were too many other journeys begun that were still unresolved, or experiences on previous falls tainted the unknown future. Maybe the idea that a shared journey could be joyful was too unfamiliar for one of us to trust. No matter—despite how much heart I invested in paddling, or how patiently or mindfully I aimed for the long horizon, the fear-inducing waters asserted their powers and pushed me away. The universal force of gravity revealed in the river’s flows often expose what minimal conscious control we have over where we’re headed. No matter how earnest our efforts, we sometimes find ourselves spinning in white water, at times dumped underwater without a life jacket, the course of our vessel diverted from other’s.
We can only catch our breath, attend to our bumps and scrapes, patch the boat and our selves as best we can. After the shock wears and we try to get our bearings, we might attempt to read the memory of now past waters to learn the cause. Some of us may even try to glean meaning from such once close then distanced friendships. Looking into the wonderful rich reflections, perhaps we attempt to grasp some deeper soulful purpose within a sweet, briefly shared sojourn.
Yet the waters continue moving and we must still keep afloat, and be still to keep afloat. So we recenter, try to keep calm amid random, potent emotional flows, and once again brave the currents. Maybe appreciate ever more fully that we can only slightly control our own kayak. Distance makes earnest wishes offered to our traveling companion, no matter how sincere, echo on the surface, uncertainly heard. We humbly carry on, wondering even as we are swept forward if we’ll ever again float happily side by side. We’re left only to graciously appreciate the awesome, unfathomable beauty of having temporarily merged some of our being with another. The only certainty that reveals itself is that the uncontainable yet supportive waters are still flowing. The golden light warms and guides us, and its glow radiates over all.
20” x 16” Mixed media/canvas
“Someone who does not run
toward the allure of love
walks a road where nothing lives.” ~ Rumi
Writing offers an opportunity to clarify my thoughts and feelings. Often these relate to my art and may offer insights about my work. I learn from engaging with others and welcome comments.