I would love to live like a river flows….carried by the surprise of its own unfolding. John Donohue
A Taoist story tells of an old man who accidentally fell into the river rapids leading to a high and dangerous waterfall. Onlookers feared for his life. Miraculously, he came out alive and unharmed downstream at the bottom of the falls. People asked him how he managed to survive. “I accommodated myself to the water, not the water to me. Without thinking, I allowed myself to be shaped by it. Plunging into the swirl, I came out with the swirl. This is how I survived.”
I love this parable. Many times I have resisted the rapids of life, trying to control which way I was headed. As I learned to trust and let go, I allowed myself to be shaped by the many twists and turns that life presented and over time, I began to see that these experiences opened my soul and allowed me to grow.