“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through perseverance.”
This is my second time hiking Rocky Run. The first time was over thirty years ago, and the second hike I accompanied DirtMan.
Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it. ~Lao Tzu
Massies Mill, Virginia; Rocky Run is spring fed between the Little Priest and The Priest.
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” ~ Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad
Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. ~Norman B. Rice
“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ~John Muir
We all flow from one fountain Soul. All are expressions of one Love. God does not appear, and flow out, only from narrow chinks and round bored wells here and there in favored races and places, but He flows in grand undivided currents, shoreless and boundless over creeds and forms and all kinds of civilizations and peoples and beasts, saturating all and fountainizing all. – June 9, 1872 letter to Miss Catharine Merrill, from New Sentinel Hotel, Yosemite Valley, in Badè’s Life and Letters of John Muir.