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Be a fountain; not a drain. [Aug. 18th, 2008|09:51 am]
I usually am good about LJ cutting, but today, no. I want you to read this, because it defines much of what I aspire to become.

I had some amazing revelations in the shower and over the last week, and wanted to share why this phrase has so much meaning to me. I'll start with the simplest reason that I've always identified with water in that it is unsurpassed in strength, flexibility, usefulness, and beauty.

I don't want to just be a fountain. I want to aspire to become this fountain:

1. Useful: A source of refreshement and vital life sustaining force. Also a source of comfort and fun.

2. Enduring and self-sustaining: Under many circumstances, when properly designed, fountains remain useful for hundreds of years.

3. Able to accept input of varied intensity and still output something beautiful, safe, and useful. This is a hard one for me. First off, you must be selective about where you get your input. If it is from somewhere unreliable or contaminated, you may stop the fountain's function. It's said that the original aqueduct of Rome's source was found by a virgin. When in doubt, get your input from the innocent, but built with experience.

4. To function well, fountains need to be cleaned and maintained and on occasion repaired and rebuilt. It is worth taking the time to do this so that they can serve the greater good.

5. The water is part of the beauty, but there is beauty even without the water. When the water isn't flowing, the potential for usefulness doesn't go away.

6. The outdoor fountain is fed by and in tune with nature. For the fountain to remain functional and useful, it can't be protected from the elements. It depends on the elements.


[User Picture]From: anomalous_girl
2008-08-18 05:11 pm (UTC)
That is very nice!
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-08-18 05:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm a pisces (fish baby), thus the water. :)
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[User Picture]From: thesugarmonster
2008-08-18 06:44 pm (UTC)
be a fountain; not a drain

That's a really powerful sentiment and something I aspire to...though I realize I haven't been succeeding much lately. I love that your entries always give me an unintended little kick in the butt that helps me remember my own truth. =)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-08-18 07:42 pm (UTC)
I read that years ago on a small church sign. I've loved it and it's been my MySpace tag line since I first created it.
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From: maphia
2008-08-18 06:57 pm (UTC)
Wise words, and something for everybody to live by.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-08-18 07:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I didn't come up with the saying, but I did want to explain why it resonates with me and inspires me.
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[User Picture]From: omcintyre
2008-08-18 08:51 pm (UTC)
Couldn't pick a more beautiful fountain, eh? ;) Seriously, the Trevi? LOL

I think this is an awesome way to approach life. It's also great to hear about the suckage of the water heater leak turning into a positive for you and Craig.

I'm crossing fingers and toes for you on about the conference! *grin* Sounds like good stuff, hon!

And, for the record, you very much remind me of the Trevi (although I'm not going to throw any coins at you). *smile*
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-08-18 09:27 pm (UTC)
Hey babe, we all need money. ;)
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