I’m baaaack…back home after an incredible two-week cruise and 4-5 blogs telling you about it. I’m also back in my thinking chair on the back patio. Here is where I contemplate the meaning of life. This means I spend a lot of time thinking about good coffee, dark chocolate and what Ben & Jerry’s flavor to buy next time I’m at the store. This morning as I sat and stared at the little ripples in the canal that runs behind our house, I thought about water and peace. Yeah, I think there is a connection here somewhere. It’s all good.
I have noticed after several cruises, in addition to having spent a good number of years boating around the Chesapeake Bay and the Intracoastal here in South Florida, that water is a great pacifier, healer and all-around ambassador of tranquility. When people are in, on or within sight of a body of water they seem to mellow out. There is a magnetic lure to the ocean. We pay big bucks to vacation on its beaches, cruise its territories, play in its surf and dive in its depths. We love to immerse ourselves in water. And, when we do, we become different creatures. It’s all good.
Think about it. When you are driving down the interstate, do you stick your hand out the window and wave at your fellow drivers? Nope. If you are in an elevator do you usually strike up a conversation with the other people boxed in with you? Nope. Do you say “good morning” to everyone you pass in an office building? Nope. So why is it, we become social butterflies when we are waterized? Passing boats always have passengers waving at each other. Passengers on a cruise are incessant conversationalist and always greet each other when passing in a passageway. Do folks on a beach exhibit the same put-offish personalities and rudeness they are prone to display while sitting in a traffic jam? Nope. Need another player for a volley ball game on the beach? Just call out, “anybody wanna play?” and you’ll have a team gathered in seconds. Yep, this is what water does—brings us together and makes us human. It’s all good.
I suggest a world summit of all the leaders of all nations great and small. They shall come together, with family included, and board a great cruise ship for two weeks on the ocean blue. While on board, they will meet and socialize during the first week. They will share stories, eat meals together, lounge at the pool together, their kids will play together–all the normal things strangers do together on a cruise ship. Then, after the first week, they will be asked to share their country’s concerns and issues. Poolside discussion groups will naturally evolve, finding ways of solving and alleviating all the problems around the world’s decks. This will happen, trust me, because this is what people do when they are on the water. They share, sympathize, suggest and support. It’s all good.
It is not unusual that we all flock to the ocean; seek out swimming pools in our urban areas; willingly pay a higher price for waterfront real estate; or simply wiggle our toes in a sandy beach and sense a distinctive peace of mind that does not occur elsewhere. Water…Peace. Yep, there is a connection here somewhere …and it’s all good.
BTW…this blog is #200! Thanks for your support and companionship! Watch out, though–I feel another 200 coming!