Monday, September 29, 2008

The River of Life


As I gaze out from this ledge atop the escarpment to the mighty Niagara River below, I am humbled by its majestic presence and alluring history.

As the dark blue water flows North, having carved out the Falls and cascades through the gorge, amidst the shale, slate and limestone it is a window into life on earth.

Today in these troubled and trying times it is also a reflection of our versatility and ability to stay the course. The river demonstrates that no matter how difficult the landscape wrought before us we can carve through a path, endure the challenges and coexist.


We should also observe the opulence that lingers at each and every bend, soak it in and nurture it forever.

15 comments:

Tres Belle said...

Susan,

How beautifully versed and what beautiful photos so serene and picturesque. It is also true that whatever course we are on changes as times change. Hence, adapting to circumstances as they flow into your life like water ebbs and flows.

Kris

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

We have much to learn from the natural world, don't we?

acornmoon said...

A beautifully written piece, and thought provoking.

Thanks for your comment on my blog, it must have been a very strange experience, did the house have any significance for you I wonder?

Donna O. said...

Well, 'fall' really is in the air!!!
Pretty pics, Suzy-Q.
D.

Pinkie Denise said...

What beautiful photos...someday I hope to see the falls in person. Thanks for sharing Pinkie

Doreen said...

Susan. Love this post! You are so right..in these times of uncertainty....we need to remember to stay on course and not to give up hope.

Beautiful photos..would love to see this in person.

Hugs,
Doreen

Gillian L. said...

I really hope to make it out to Niagara Falls and I appreciate seeing your photographs. Nature is the ultimate artist and we need to preserve all the beauty she has to offer.

Gillian

Heather said...

what a beautiful, beautiful place you live in!

Suzanne said...

Gorgeous photos, and a reflective post. Thank you, Susan.

robin bird said...

thank you susan for your generous and insightful comment today on my blog. they are kind and gentle words. your post about the river of life provides such a hopeful vision for all of us!

Sea Angels said...

You are so right Susan, and nature reflects our lives in so many ways, or vice versa.
Hugs Lynn x

Tres Belle said...

Susan,
Thanks so much for your comment and thoughts. Unfortunately, there is no relationship with the children's other grandparents. Her parents were divorced and her father lives in Puerto Rico and her mother in Chicago, Ill. My son has been very good about not imposing. I am just grateful that he is working and trying to move forward as hard as this must be for him. We love the children and would do anything we can to see that they have the much needed love and security around them during this sad time for them.

Hugs,
Kris

p.s. It is amazing to me how things turn out. To say that we are part of a larger plan created by God is an understatement. That we would and could be here at this time in their lives is a blessing by God.

Fete et Fleur said...
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Fete et Fleur said...

Hi Susan! Sorry about the deleted comment. I realized my error and wanted to fix it. What's great about that is it gave me another chance to read your post again. Thank you again for the beautiful words and comforting images.

Hugs!
Nancy

Kelli said...

What a beautiful and calming post! I love Niagara and have fond memories when my boyfriend and I {now my hubby} visited together in 2002! He lived not far from Niagara for a while and spent almost 10 years in Toronto. You truly live in one of the most beautiful places ever!
Thanks for the sense of calm that the photos of Niagara's waters poured over my soul.