Today is Blog Action Day.
This year’s topic is something which we often take for granted, and yet deserves our utmost respect and appreciation and gratitude.
Precious water, flowing water, deep water, sacred water.
It is a day to contemplate an important consideration in all of our lives.
Where would we be without clean drinkable water?
Would we be able to survive until next Friday without fresh water?
Do you remember the adventuresome couple in their 60’s who walked around Lake Superior this year? Please click here if you haven’t read their amazing story. Kate Crowley and Mike Link undertook this 1,600 mile journey with the intention of promoting Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Everywhere they stopped, they talked about fresh water. They made us think–and think again–about the importance of this natural resource and how we can’t take it for granted.
I’m sure you’ll be excited to discover that they made it walking all the way around the lake! Isn’t that inspiring? They hiked full circle back to Duluth, Minnesota, on September 18th. Please click here to read about the day Barry and I interviewed them back in May.
Most of these photos were taken at the Sturgeon River Falls two days ago. Susan (click here if you don’t know who Susan might be) and I decided to abandon our computers and hike by the river. Afterward we enjoyed a sandwich down at the Hardwood Steakhouse in Covington.
Today I invite you–remember, it’s never to late to think about water, discuss water, blog about water–to pour a tall glass of water. You can add a slice of lemon or lime, if you like. Sit down and drink. Sit down and think about this precious resource that we so often take for granted. Remember how it feels to be thirsty, really thirsty. Think of all the people on our planet who have to walk long distances to a well to draw a simple pail of water.
Now, drink deeply. Give thanks. If you choose, you might do a little ceremony I once witnessed by a Native American elder. Thank the Spirit of Life (God, Great Spirit, Jesus, Allah, whatever you call the divinity) and pour a little bit of water on the earth, offering it back to the earth.
The elder said reverentially, “Thank you, Mother Earth, for your sacred blood.”
Wishing you all a day filled with water…and appreciation for its flowing abundance in our lives.
P.S. Thanks, Elena, for your blog post yesterday which alerted me to Blog Action Day!
P.S.S. Laughter with those of you who read the earliest edition of this blog post. I was convinced I was a day late–that TODAY was October 16th. I’m living in a time warp and don’t know what day it is. Are you too? Thanks to my daughter who contacted me with the correct date.