This is Water

So a few years back I was pointed to a very well renowned essay by American author, David Foster Wallace, titled ‘This is Water.’

If you happen to be interested, a full transcript and video is here.

Anyhow, Foster Wallace speaks eloquently about direction of thought in daily life. Specifically, the random thoughts that emerge as we suffer though the day to day tasks of shopping, and standing in lines, and getting stuck in traffic, and all of the mundane in-betweens that happen every day.

According to Foster Wallace, a change of thinking can direct attention away from the ego to the altruistic. That so much of our focus could turn from the inconveniences that effect ‘me, me, me’ to thinking instead about others, about what is happening for them, and about gaining the humility to understand that the world does not revolve around us alone. That by changing our thoughts, the tedious becomes somehow purposeful and maybe even magical (my word not his).

Well, that sounds good to me.

Today, I wish that I could provide an equally inspiring essay as Foster Wallace’s. I can’t.

What I can do though is use the ‘This is Water’ theme to show you the Alaskan equivalent.

To show you that amidst the chaos of pandemic at the present time, and the reels of videos and blogs and postings online that cover our imminent demise, there is still some beauty too.

Today we got water.

This is a thing. Because we have access to a fresh spring, because in Alaska we buy and store food in bulk and it is quite common to do so, living here means that we drive for our water, and we get it direct from the source.

And getting it from the source means driving here.

So I’m taking a second to show some gratitude. This is a post to say it loud- there are people in the world who are, at the present time, sick; there are those who must walk miles for food and water; there are those without.

So this is a post which takes what could be a ‘this is water’ moment and shows some gratitude for what we do have.

It’s a post that appreciates the drive out to the spring today to help get the essential water, because we’ve been locked inside for too long and we needed some beautiful fresh air.

It’s a post that appreciates the fresh air and the fresh water too. And the fact that hubby was there to carry it.

And it’s a post that points you, good reader, to these ‘this is water’ moments.

Don’t forget to be grateful for what we do have. In the midst of lockdowns and public announcements, perhaps you had a ‘this is water’ moment today too.

Remember to breathe, drink a fresh glass, hug a pet, call a friend and look for the things that we can be grateful for.

And while you are at it, give a shout out to the Friends of Fox Spring who work wonders to make this amazing life source in Fox, Alaska, available and safe for us to collect.

Hang in there fellow social distancers. And don’t forget to be grateful for the small things.

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