Maybe she will forgive my self absorption.
Her post reminded me of the ancient teachings about water and my own feelings about rain. The old sages held forth that each of us should emulate water in our own lives.
Water is the great sustainer of life. It is also the most powerful force on earth. It carves Grand Canyons. It sustains veritable oceans of life. We harness its incredible power for a thousand uses.
At rest however, water embodies humility. Watch following a rain and you will see it roll into the lowest places on the terrain. It is always seeking the humblest spot on earth to take its rest.
In this way the ancients tried to teach us to be ‘like water’. When the negative forces of life become too large, or we witness injustice, we are to use our immense reserves of personal power and might to triumph; just as water does.
When we are unthreatened by life we should seek the ‘home of humility’ and express our peacefulness and serenity to the rest of the world.
And of course at all times, whether in powerful acts or peaceful resting, we should sustain the life around us with benevolence and kindness.
That is what I think about when it rains. To be like water.