(Continued from Crystalline Flow 3) Mingo Falls flows like tears streaming down a rocky face. It was sad for me to find a waterfall enclosed by a shopping mall or captured within the bounds of a golf course. It didn’t feel quite the same. Cage a wild bird and it’s no wonder that she forgets her song, I’ve heard it said, but is this the way it is, or is this the way I make it to be for me? It could be that the bird had merely stopped singing momentarily to resume later on (when I wasn’t there to witness). I wondered why it was that I couldn’t hang on to that waterfall feeling when I returned to the challenges of my life in the city.
Another story comes to mind that impacted me profoundly during this time: There was a farmer who had a deep dry well that he had been meaning to fill. He gathered his sons around the well one morning and they began the work of doing so. As the first shovel full of sand hit the bottom, they heard the distressed call of a donkey that had apparently fallen into the well in the dark of night. The farmer wrung his hands with indecision then said, “The poor animal is suffering; there’s naught we can do but hurry it along.” And as they proceeded to fill in the well, the cries of the donkey ceased. The farmer nodded to his sons, convinced that they had done the right thing to bury the donkey. The sun was setting as they neared the end of their task, but to their surprise, the donkey came into view. As a spade full of sand fell upon the donkey’s back, he simply shook it off and then stamped his feet and blinked his eyes. The sand was thus compacted underfoot, becoming a firm foundation and lifting him up. The farmer was beside himself and turned away to wipe tears from his eyes, as his sons cheered and shoveled in more sand. Finally the donkey stepped out of the well, walked into the field and began to graze on the lush grass growing there.
Over time I learned how to bring the waterfalls home with me. There is that old saying, “Give someone a fish and help them today. Teach someone to fish and help them for a lifetime.” I guess I became more teachable. I suspect I learned how to change. I reckon it may be that I made friends with my life.
Nikon F4S, f5 @ 1/4, 50 mm, Fuji Reala 100.