Quietness hovered over the lily pad as if it were a ship on her maiden voyage. Early morning, almost wind still, The Child rowed with her oar to make the lily pad float faster.
“I don’t like it when the sea is quiet.”
“Why not, Child?” The Prophet asked.
“The lily pad slows down.”
“Maybe, it likes to float reticently.”
“Well, I don’t want it to float reticently. It slows me down. And what is reticently, Prophet?”
“The botanical world also seeks quietude, Child.”
“You mean the lily pad needs quietude so it can float?”
“Or reproduce,” The Prophet said.
“What do you mean by reticently?”
“Listen, Child. What do you hear?”
“Nothing, Prophet. It’s quiet.”
“Ah, so,” said The Prophet.
“You mean reticently is quiet?”
“They are somewhat related, Child.”
“So, is reticently related to reticence, Prophet?”
“You could call them kissing cousins, Child.”
“Wow, Prophet, then quietude is a state of being calm,” The Child said proudly.
“Yes, Child. You’re beginning to understand the relationship between words.”
“I didn’t know words had relationships, Prophet.”
“Child, relationships exist between everything that was and is and is to come.”
“Really? Then, quiescent and quietness are related too.”
“Yes, Child. Nothing exists independent of itself, not even you.”
The Child stopped rowing and laid her oar on the lily pad.
“Why aren’t you rowing?”
“I think I’ll enjoy the reticence of the lily pad and sink into my dream world and listen to the quietude that surrounds me.”
“Excellent, Child,” The Prophet said, and he clapped his hands. “You’re learning. Nothing will be more rewarding to you as you move toward your quest as the peaceful state of serenity.”
“What is serenity?”
I like quiet. The more aware I become, and the older I get, the more I like quiet. The more humans who recognize that everything is connected the more serene all sentient beings and the earth will be. April 22 is Earth Day, btw; but, I suppose you knew that.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Patricia, for reminding us of these valuable truths.
Hi My Dear,ReplyDelete
No, I didn't know that April 22nd is Earth Day. Thank you for informing me. I have been so involved with the Challenge and writing my posts, fresh from my spirit, each morning, that I wouldn't have known it even if it had passed before my eyes. (I hope you can understand this logic, because I'm tired.)
Have a nice evening my dear and thank you for dropping by.
I do indeed understand, my friend.Delete
I love this inquisitive child and the fact that the prophet is finally answering some of the questions...or at least helping the child to figure out the answers to the questions! The child reminds me of any child who wants to learn more about life and is so anxious for more knowledge! The child is just like a sponge...soaking up wisdom from the Prophet on a daily basis....without even realizing it!ReplyDelete
So true. The Child is curious. Everything that The Prophet says is important to her but more than that it is important for her to have this free realm to ask any question she wants to ask.
And you're right, The Child has no knowledge of the process that The Prophet is using to teach her.
Thank you so much for taking the time to drop by. It means a lot to me when I see a comment from you.
Love you, Sis.