The Stream of Life  

HotLilSouthAngel 48F
232 posts
12/1/2005 9:35 am

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The Stream of Life

Life is like a stream winding down a snow filled mountain.

Have you ever noticed life can remind one of a stream winding down a mountain side? By becoming a droplet in the water cycle, we can experience wonderful adventures which ultimately help us to understand ourselves. Which stream of life we choose to flow while traveling down the mountain side is up to us. Once we begin the journey, we are partly at the mercy of the stream as well as the mountain and the course it takes us. How we chose to flow down the stream is our decision. Perhaps this is one of the reasons we feel drawn to rivers and why we regarded them as sacred. After all our own being and body is made up of a high percentage of water. In ancient cultures, religions and even in near-death experiences, this archetype of life being a stream or river appears. In the stream, we are always moving forward from a source and toward an end. Life starts out as a small creek and grows into large river with rapids, forks, tributaries, rocks, and sometimes floods. Life is very similar. We start as small beings, innocent, pure and in need of others help. We begin our journey unable to walk, needing to crawl. We grow over time just as a creek grows overtime from tributaries that feed it. During our journey we encounter hurdles much as our small creek that becomes a stream encounters rocks that helps purify it, forks that make it chose a route, a waterfall that takes its breath, pools that allow it to regain its breath again, rapids which make it grow and strengthen, and floods which test its strength. Life is mimicking a stream traveling down the winding mountain. It needs sun to melt the snow, and make it grow. Sometimes we have no choice at all but submit to the mercy of the stream. At times we can relax and go with the flow. Other times we can shoot the rapids.The journey is inevitable, filled with chance and choices. The ending of course is known, the bottom of the mountain, leading to the sea, where the droplet starts over again.


rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
12/1/2005 11:15 am

Is it odd that I'm turned on that you contemplate universal archetypes. If you say that you've read Joseph Campbell I think you'll send me over the edge.

The Water Cycle is soo much more exciting when you describe it.

Wanna go skinny dipping in the spring. Only so we can fully "experience wonderful adventures which ultimately help us to understand ourselves."


S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo
.
~Dante~


rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
12/1/2005 11:21 am

Of course somebody has to post the lyrics to "The River" by Garth Brooks. Might as well be me.

So Lil is your dream reaching for your destination or are you sitting on the shoreline letting the waters slip away?

You know a dream is like a river
Ever changin' as it flows
And a dreamer's just a vessel
That must follow where it goes
Trying to learn from what's behind you
And never knowing what's in store
Makes each day a constant battle
Just to stay between the shores...and

I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry

Too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away
'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow
Has now become today
So don't you sit upon the shoreline
And say you're satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance the tide...yes

I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry

There's bound to be rough waters
And I know I'll take some falls
But with the good Lord as my captain
I can make it through them all...yes

I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry

Yes, I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
'Til the river runs dry


S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo
.
~Dante~


MillsShipsGayly 51M

12/1/2005 11:38 am

Very nice.

Always liked the river metaphor in Springsteen's 'Hungry Heart'.. a couple verses

Got a wife and kids in Baltimore, Jack
I went out for a ride and I never went back
Like a river that don't know where it's flowing
I took a wrong turn and I just kept going

Everybody needs a place to rest
Everybody wants to have a home
Don't make no difference what nobody says
Ain't nobody like to be alone


Also like Fleetwood Mac's 'Landslide'

I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills
’till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love
Can the child within my heart rise above
Can I sail thru the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life

Oh, take my love, take it down
Climb a mountain and turn around
If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well the landslide will bring it down

If you see my reflection in the snow covered hills
Well maybe the landslide will bring it down


So yes, I am 'old as dirt' that I think of Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac


gnr8nrg 46M

12/1/2005 11:42 am

Angel, many times I've fought the current and though I do not win it changed my path ever so slightly. I do still end up in the same place, but how I get there is a fun journey. Sometimes I like going with the flow and can actually feel it. I liked this post very much and it reminded me of throwing pebbles into still water and watching what happens.
Luke, Joseph Campbell is someone I admire, and I would have loved to have been one of his students.


rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
12/1/2005 6:02 pm

Really Trav ...

I'm starting to feel a little confused now

***Luke raises eyebrows at Trav and gives him a wink. Then he wonders why he is talking to himself in asterisks.***


S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo
.
~Dante~


rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
12/1/2005 6:07 pm

GNR you like Joseph Campbell too. Now I'm really getting confused. I think I better think it through better next time before I say that people who like Joseph Campbell turn me on.


S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo
.
~Dante~


rm_luke69iner 48M
3275 posts
12/1/2005 11:33 pm

I have an idea ... Maybe everyone in Blogland should come to North Cackalacky in the spring for mass skinny dipping. Keith volunteered to sponsor the party I just haven't told him yet.

Woo Hoo! Party at Keith's house!


S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,
Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo
.
~Dante~


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