Since inspiration has (temporarily) departed, I’ve invited guest bloggers. Here’s Ma-ma:
So many situations in this life require the establishment of a state of balance.
I started to think about this because it’s spring, and I have been watching the snow melt, and water, water everywhere.
Water is a very interesting material. It can be gentle, it can be fierce, and it can be determined. I found out the latter a year or so ago when it wanted to seep into my basement, and strong measures had to be taken to make it change its mind. Perhaps I find water interesting because I was born a Piscean, if you believe that kind of thing. Watching it run in the rivers and ditches can be fascinating. So can listening to it when it falls as raindrops on a window, or when it laps gently at the shore of a lake. But when it pours down in a torrent, or carries everything before it in an enormous wave, it can be frightening
I live in the country, and country dwellers with wells and septic systems think about water often. That’s where the question of balance comes in. There should be enough water for regular household needs, and enough for people on farms with animals to look after, but not so much that sandbags are required to keep it at bay. I feel for the people who have been victims of raging floods, and for those at other times who are victims of draught. We need a balance.
There other things where we need a balance. Humans require temperatures that are not too hot, not too cold, although there is room for quite a bit of variance. We need enough food, but too much isn’t good for us. There are those who would argue that we need enough money to survive, but not so much that we don’t know what to do with it all.
And now it’s spring here in Northwestern Ontario, and the snow is melting, the geese are back and things are looking up.
N.B. And of course it snowed in many parts of Canada last night. More melting, more water to come.
- Sandbags on standby in southeast Alberta (cbc.ca)
- Wheatland County hamlet battles spring melt (cbc.ca)