CAN YOU EVEN GRASP ALL THAT IS SET INTO MOTION WITH ONE WORD OR ACTION?
It was a perfect evening. Still and quiet. I walked down to the dock to enjoy the peace and calm. There was no wind, no rain, no boats, no bathers. I sat down on the end of the dock and just watched the lake surface. It was absolutely still. Nothing was moving the water.
In my hand I held a stone. In that moment, I had a choice. I could leave perfection and just admire the stillness and smooth serenity. Or I could let it fly... the stone that is.
I chose in that moment to throw the stone. The perfection was changed to a different kind of beauty. It was a rippling beauty. One circle made two circles and two circles make three circles... and it grew. What once was a picture of perfect stillness, now were growing circles, multiplying ripples, all set into motion by one stone, by one choice.
How about two stones? Not that far apart, dropped at the same time. I pulled out two stones and dropped them in the water at the same time. It caused a collision of ripples. For the next hour I gathered stones and kept throwing them in the water to see the cascade of ripples I could create. It was fun in the moment to see all the patterns created. The stone had no choice but to be thrown, the water had no choice but to respond to the movement created by the stone. The choice lay with me. I initiated the ripples.
I could have left perfection alone, but for whatever reason, I chose not to. I stopped with the stone throwing and discovered that the water did not even out right away. The rippling continued in its travel. I no longer had the choice within me. The ripples had taken over. They were set on a course that I could no longer control. There was nothing I could do to bring back the perfection of the moment I had experienced. I could only sit and wait and watch the ripples: the response to my choice.