Easin' Back to Work: River of Life
It has been awhile since I started the work week with an “Easin’ Back To Work” post. It used to be a regular feature on the Bus. With the Easin’ Back To Work series I tried to make a gentle transition from the relaxation of the weekend back to the workaday world. Our dear friend Lucy once told me that those were her favorite posts. I must admit that I enjoy them also.
The river has always been my favorite way to unwind and lose all of the daily concerns that can clutter an otherwise peaceful mind. I have read many writers use natural objects as a metaphor for life; tree of life, thread of life, ... For me, nothing symbolizes life more than a river.
We travel as the river. Starting small and peaceful, growing in knowledge and strength as we continue along our course. The river passes along quietly for most of its journey, yet can be full of fury and turmoil at times, only to emerge and continue its journey.
“Take everything as it comes; the wave passes, deal with the next one.” - Tom Thomson, 1877-1917
“Voyage upon life's sea, To yourself be true, And, whatever your lot may be, Paddle your own canoe” - Sarah Bolton
“Christopher Robin came down from the Forest to the Bridge, feeling all sunny and careless, and just as if twice nineteen didn't matter a bit, as it didn't on such a happy afternoon, and he though that if he stood on the bottom rail of the bridge, and leant over, and watched the river slipping slowly away beneath him, then he would suddenly know everything that there was to be known.” - A. A. Milne
Bill Staines is a long time favorite and required listening here on the Bus.
A little bit of fun. Shelley Posen is a canoeist/singer/songwriter from Ontario. Visit www.shelleyposen.com to hear more and order CDs.
"Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe." -unknown