“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
The Wisconsin River runs through Rocky Arbor State Park
“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?” That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”
― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
The Green River flows through the Dinosaur National Monument campground
“We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.”
― David Brower
Gunnison River, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness, Michigan
“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” ― Khalil Gibran
The Green River, Kentucky
“Daddy, won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County, down by the Green River, where Paradise lay. Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in asking. Mr. Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away.”
― John Prine
Wyalusing State Park, where the Mississippi and the Wisconsin Rivers meet
What does Nature teach us when we stand beside a river, ever flowing, ever changing, where life and death coexist in a dynamic dance?
Pay attention. We are one with the river. We can accept its flow. We can steer toward the depths. We do not conquer it.
Thank you, Amy, for inviting us to contemplate and visualize rivers. They are great teachers.