As they sat on the floor of the ocean, the Child looked down at the different kind of fish in their various colors, she observed how the blue and the draw sperm whales swam through the area of the ocean beneath her; how the dolphins and porpoises joined in and seem to chatter as they swam in a reposed state of relaxation. The Child felt their inner peace: she was astounded.
"This is fun," the Child said to the Prophet. "I like sitting here."
"Yes, it is. A diversion is necessary, and what better place to have one than here," replied the Prophet.
"What's a diversion?" the Child asked.
"A resting spot where you divest yourself of your thoughts and let your mind rest."
"Isn't that harmful, Prophet. Doesn't it defeat my purpose of getting to my destination on time?"
The Prophet chuckled at the Child's conclusion.
"You're still impetuous, my child."
"And you are ignoring my questions again, my Prophet." the Child replied.
"My, aren't we smart today," the Prophet said, and he looked at her with a dangerous gleam in his eyes.
She knew that gleam and feared he would disappear and leave her alone again. He did, sometimes: Then she felt isolated on the big wide ocean, walking by herself.
"Why are you laughing at me, Prophet?"
"I'm not laughing at you. I never do. I'm dumbfounded."
"Dumbfounded at what Prophet?"
"At you, Child."
"But why are you dumbfounded at me? I don't understand."
"Because you've managed to turn a simple diversion designed for your pleasure into an hour of anguish for yourself."
"How did I do that, Prophet?"
"By not enjoying our little diversion and concentrating on the present, on what's happening now."
"But what about tomorrow? How can I relax and enjoy this diversion when I know that I have so many miles before me? It just doesn't make sense to me, Prophet."
"What were you thinking as you watch the mammals beneath you?"
"I dreamed I was one of them gliding through the ocean's water as I enjoyed the wind currents."
"How did you feel?"
"Happy, but––" she replied, and pondered whether she should continue.
"But what, Child."
"What has that got to do with my questions? You haven't answered any of them, and none of this makes sense."
"It doesn't have to make sense, Child. Rest your mind. Soon, you will be at another place that will demand your concentration and your strength. Rest today and enjoy your diversion. Tomorrow will come soon enough."
The child stretched herself out and lay with her face, facing the ocean floor. Two blue whales were playing with each other, and she laughed. Yes, she thought. Today, I'll rest: Maybe, this diversion is needful: Tomorrow will surely come.
Pat, this was such a delightful, beautiful read. I needed to read it today as I'm not feeling well and keep trying to push myself to do things when I'd rather just rest. It was relaving and diverting just to read it.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing this exceptional piece.
My Dear Micki,ReplyDelete
I hope you are feeling better. I know the place you are in so well, and I am learning that it doesn't pay to push. There are times when we have to step aside and let God. We need to let our bodies heal, replenish and more than that we need to take the time to listen to what is going on inside of us because our strength comes as we let the joys of our diversions heal us.
I'm thinking of you, Lady.
We all need diversions on the journey otherwise we become focus/goal oriented and fail to see what is there for our enlightenment and growth. There is much more to life than the destination, another great post Sis.ReplyDelete
How right you are. Diversions are needed but many of us forget that and become so goal oriented that we fail to meet our goal.
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