Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.
It is with a heavy heart that I am now learning that Aylmer is not quite ready for the Kinderhaus and Nature school I have worked so tirelessly to get off the ground this past year.
This picture was taken last Fall when the river was low and the bed was dry. At the same spot today the water threatens to overtake all that stands in its path. This dual nature of water as the life-giving, calming key to our survival as well as an unstoppable force for destruction is a strange truth. So many of the stones we found on the riverbed that day last fall were smooth and round because of the flow of water over time. Water is a most patient and powerful element that happily takes the path of least resistance to prevail over rock, earth and fire.
For those who are as bummed by this news as I am, I want to let you know that it is possible that Juniper Glen may get new life in future years but today I have finally come to a place where I wonder - what if this year I just let life flow?
What if, for the first moment since my babies were born, I go ahead and open up that dam of flood waters allowing the tears of disappointment to run over me? Allow the passage of life to smooth over my hard edges of resistance? Can I let go of my inexhaustible desire to build, build, build a secure structure to protect my identity as a career woman and to shore up my family with an income?
What would it mean to simply be shaped by the ruthless but life-sustaining power of the universe's flow?