Oh Look, It's Raining Shakespeare!
Seeing beyond what you see ...
Posted by Steffi Lewis on 02/12/2019 @ 8:00AM
Do you like rain or do you hate it? Do you see it as a vital natural replenishment of the water table allowing our green and pleasant land to stay, erm, green and pleasant or do you just see it as something that brings down your mood and forces you to take an umbrella when you leave the house?
Did all the water on the earth come from comets?
Have you ever wondered where the molecules in a single water droplet came from? Originally, they may have been in a cometary tail hurtling across space for a billion years before intersecting with the orbit of our Earth and drifting aimlessly down into the upper atmosphere.
Or if you believe the creationist view of the world, a bearded deity on a big cloud snapped his fingers and the oceans appeared one afternoon around 8,000 years ago.
The last time a particular molecule of H2O was on the surface of the Earth it could have been in a glass of water drunk by Plato and then passed into the water table the next time he went to the loo.
It could have been happily sitting inside a skin cell belonging to Shakespeare and leached out once he'd died and then found its way to the ocean over the following hundred or so years.
It could have been locked up in the trunk of an ancient Oak tree, carried in the fur of a wet cat for a while or simply breathed out by a small toad that recently jumped out of a pond just around the corner.
And now, along with a billion other identical molecules, it just condensed around a dust particle and the force of gravity made it fall from a cloud above my house this weekend and just dribbled slowly down my patio window.
The movement of atoms and molecules around the planet is just so random and beautifully chaotic it hurts to think about it too much. But it is, most definitely, worth thinking about!
The next time it rains, why not focus your concentration on a small puddle and watch the wonder unfold in front of you? The random interference patterns, the sound of each drop hitting the surface of the water.
Stop thinking about everything you have to do, stop worrying about everything that's going on in your world and just be an observer. If you lose yourself in that moment and find your focus then you may just see what I am seeing and feel how I am feeling right now. It really is beautiful.
"And now the Sun has come out from behind the
clouds and it's stopped raining!"
Instead of watching droplets on my patio window, I'm observing the sun heating them up, turning them into a tiny puff of steam and evaporating back into the atmosphere again. And so the cycle continues as it has for a few billion years in our quiet corner of the galaxy.
If you think a little differently and open yourself to "seeing beyond what you can see" by becoming an observer, it really is quite beautiful to behold. The rain is a dance and an orchestra all rolled into one - sound and movement, chemistry and physics, science and spirituality - all in perfect harmony.
Rain - you can choose to be in awe or you can choose to feel grumpy and let it ruin your day. It's totally up to you, isn't it? Remember, there's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes!
Love, light and logic ...
About Steffi Lewis ...
Foodie, sci-fi nut, cat lover, brain aneurysm & cancer survivor, countryside dweller, SaaS entrepreneur, developer and networker.
I've also worked as a professional photographer in Los Angeles, USA and been a vision mixer and producer for live television in my time.
I live in a village north of Milton Keynes with my two cats, Baggins and Gimley, and a large planted aquarium full of unruly tropical fish.
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