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.