Where the river flows

Today i found myself sat on the bank of a beautiful river. And i began thinking. Which is dangerous in itself, but then, rivers can sometimes have that effect too.

There is something peaceful about rivers. Maybe it is the quiet murmur of flowing water, the hypnotic swirls of eddies and flows beneath the surface, the tumultuous beneath the calm. Or maybe it is with the awareness of how strong they can be, the devastation they can cause given enough input of water, in direct contradiction to their normal, slow but relentless flow. As it has been said by Lao Tzu;

“Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but none can do it.”

Chinese philosophy aside, maybe it is time we tried to become more like a river. Flexibility is key in a world full of rigidity and structure, in order to overcome our own obstacles and problems. This is nothing if not true when it comes to travel; you will encounter problems, changes, maybe you will lose your wallet or take the wrong bus, speak the wrong language or visit the wrong pub. Problems happen, but if you remain calm like that serene top layer of the river, and be flexible in your approach to solving your problems, well, i’m sure there is nothing you can’t achieve. After all, a river will eventually find its way into the sea, which gives you endless possibilities.

See you tomorrow, rivers of the world.

Emily Jemma


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