Day 10 - No Islands

December 19, 2014

(This is part of a 365 project during my 70th year. Each day I will find a gift the day brings, write about it and illustrate it.)

Light and water ripple over a lone red leaf in the Chesapeake Bay on the Downs Park shore. I am reminded that we are all connected by light—the sun casts light and shadows on our days, no matter where we live or who we are. We all share a need for water and our bodies are all composed of 50-75% water. We are all human beings on a common planet.

Although this leaf appears as an island, it is not.* It shifts with the tide, changes color with the sun and folds inward and outward. I look at the red dancer, then out to the horizon and back again as a ship passing in the shipping channel creates waves that spread to the shore. The leaf might wash up on the shore and become part of the sand, or it could float out to the horizon.

We are part of the fluidity of life—always connected in the flow of nature and other lives—and sometimes we can ourselves become the light through our interconnectedness.

Today's gift is a sun rippled red leaf.

* "No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." ~ John Donne


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