Carefully placed flat stones in the boggy land served both as way markers and safe passage. The travelers were advised not to step anywhere else but on the stones and follow the leader till they were out of the bog.
Jennifer was a rebel and following instruction was an anathema to her. Midway through the path, she stepped off the stone and onto the soft ground. When her friends heard her scream, they looked to see her sinking slowly into the bog.
No one dared step off their stone to help her. The guide leaped from her stone with a strong staff in her hand. She asked for volunteers who made a hand chain and gradually Jennifer was pulled out of the soft ground.
She went back home the next day but before that, she went and apologized to the organizers for being such a stupid, thoughtless fool. Perhaps she learned a lesson.
“The fog of illusion, the fog of confusion is hanging all over the world.”
– Van Morrison.
When the mind doesn’t sees what the eyes behold A confusion of thoughts limits our field of vision In this temporary blindness we think that we are powerless And sometimes surrender to the circumstances without struggle A little pause to reflect A time to let things settle Often give us the clarity that we desperately seek
“There it is, fog, atmospheric moisture still uncertain in destination, not quite weather and not altogether mood, yet partaking of both.”
– Hal Borland.
Fog is lost in uncertainty of its nature It has no clue if it’s a cloud or just moisture This confusion is enough to mislead others too Is it a mist, a vapor, or just a passing cloud?
We put labels on everything, and tend to think of things in black and white. Life is full of shades of grey. There are many realities between the two extremes. A foggy day illustrates to us how things look from a blurred perspective.
I’ve started my long journey. I have many miles to go but I know where I’m headed. I know there will be difficulties on my way, and I might have to take detours because the way may be blocked. But I can see the destination in my mind.
Laugh out loud to lighten the load that you carry. Cares and worries all take an insidious toll on our health and when we find something to laugh about we can blow them away with a roaring laugh.
I am a huge fan of spreading joy and laughter. When you smile at someone, they usually smile back at you. You both feel the joy a spontaneous smile brings to our hearts.
Telling jokes to make people laugh is a wonderful skill that I, unfortunately, don’t possess. But I can act the fool. Or pretend to. Sometimes I retell incidents with a humorous twist to make people laugh.
Always value those who make you laugh. They are a priceless treasure.
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “close eyes and point.” Grab the closest printed material to you when you sit down to write your post, open it up (if it’s a book, flyer, etc.), close your eyes, and point. Whatever your finger lands on, use that as your prompt. Have fun!