15 October, 2010
When I dream of water, I am sitting alone at the wheel of my father’s sailing boat while everyone else is below sleeping. Ahead of me, behind and aside of me, is an endless horizon of water. The sky is clear. The moon is full; casting shadows off the whitecaps of large waves thundering past and underneath our keel.
The ocean is a constantly moving, scary, awe-inspiring landscape that propels us forward towards our destination, as does the wind in our sails. The wind. The water. They are a symbiotic brotherhood that very rarely concurs.
Water makes us feel small and insignificant. Too much or too little and we are useless or helpless beings at its mercy. Yet, having once experienced that smallness, we can no longer turn our back upon the plight of others living the harsher reality of those in need. It is a burden each and every one of us carries, this call to action, not just today, but from today onwards. We have to ask ourselves what we can do to help bring clean water to others, and then do it.
I thank the Blog Action Day 2010 team and all the family of bloggers for focusing upon the topic of “Water” this day. May each of us take a sip of clean water today and pause in gratitude for its existence.
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