As we see our country moving through the COVID 19 Virus Pandemic and a change in our government with a new administration, with a lot of blame thrown around, it came to me, we should look at the significance one person or one event’ s impact on the whole schematic. Let me use a simple life example if I may to show the importance of a single stone.
I looked up Does Pebble Removal Have An Effect on River Beds and here is the excerpt from the article. The link for the full article is below:
Gravel removal causes the stream bed and banks to become unstable, sometimes for miles upstream and downstream. The resulting head cuts and bank failures impact farmlands, wetlands, recreational areas, and infrastructure. Contrary to popular belief, removing gravel bars does not help control floodwater.
Fact Sheet Gravel Removal from Streamseec.ky.gov › Water › Reports › factsheet
I saw the words become unstable in the description and that is the basis of my thought for today. I also saw where this impact could spread for miles in both directions. Please notice the statement “Contrary to popular belief, removing gravel bars does not help control floodwater.” Let’s dive into my analogy.
Looking at the beautiful river bed photo, I noticed several notable observations.
- The different sizes of the pebbles make it more interesting. How boring it would look if all the pebbles were the same size.
- The different shapes of the pebbles add dimension and help fill the gaps actually giving strength by their association and placement in the river bed.
- The different shades and colors of the pebbles add more visibility to the eye, again offering distinction and uniqueness.
- Placement of the pebbles are random, with some similar pebbles being in close proximity while at the same time, many different pebbles are side by side existing in harmony with each other.
I imagine the concept behind my thought is beginning to form in your mind at this time viewing the color, size, shape, and uniqueness of each pebble, while at the same time, the visual of the togetherness of all of the pebbles becoming one image is obvious.
We live in a world where we are each a single pebble and while we have true differences, some of which are blatantly obvious, together we form a river bed in life. We have to learn to exist together, each with its own value and significance. This world can only work and be strong if we realize the value of each pebble and humorously, I add, even if the next pebble rubs us the wrong way.
One of the interesting things about my pebble analogy, is we pebbles need each other, and yes, we need the different aspects of each pebble to be a formidable river bed element. Disruption only weakens the bed (or as I like to refer the base) and it is hard to maintain the purpose for functionality.
In life, pebbles or in reality, people, will rub someone the wrong way, but we should keep in mind that it is the unity, not the individual pebble, which supports our lives. I have met so many interesting people in my life and I can assure you my list is composed of different races, ethnic groups, wealthy and poorest people, famous, infamous, and totally unknowns. I have talked with super educated and surprisingly uneducated people who shine brighter in the universal language of common sense and enlightenment. No two people I have encountered are the same composition and each person has added a brilliance to my life.
In summation, I would encourage this world, our country, our government, our communities, churches, service organizations, schools, and neighborhoods to analyze their “River Beds” and see if we are including all pebbles to help with the beautiful sound of water flowing in a good direction.
Live Life; Love Life; and Live Life to the Fullest by building a strong bed of connecting pebbles to hear the lovely sound of water flowing into every nook and cranny of your life.
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