Paper Mill waterfallI walked two of the dogs this morning along our road and stopped a while at the little waterfall on Paper Mill. You can see how the sunlight captures the moving water and the dappling of the shadows. The noises were of rushing water and birdsong, and a distant lawn mower. No fragrance from the day lilies here, but the air was clean and fresh before the heat of the day.

I felt such gratitude for being here in this moment.

“Life is a series of highs and lows. Be grateful for the highs. Be graceful in the lows. Enjoy life fully and find contentment in your Middle Ground”

My thoughts have been turning to the human condition and humanity. Someone asked me the other day what I got most from my trip to the Gambia (a few years back). It was so clear to me. I got in touch with what we have in common as human beings. Our humanity and also the human condition.

As human beings we are all capable of love, compassion, nurturing and kindness. We are not alone in this.

As human beings we all have the same challenges, needs, struggles and doubts. We are not alone in this.

In the highs of life embrace your humanity

In the lows of life acknowledge your human condition

Know it will pass

… and that you are not alone.


22 comments on “Inspiration From a Little Waterfall

  1. Beautifully captured!


  2. Very good photos Val and you are right, we need to remember, that we are equal humans with same conditions, just in different parts of our world. Thanks for your reminder 🙂


  3. Oh Val, I love this post! Thanks for your graceful wisdom this Sunday morning. ❤
    Diana xo


  4. Beautiful thoughts. I love it when the pure joy of being accompanies us through our days.


  5. So true Nancy!
    Val x


  6. In the Stillness of Willow Hill

    I love your list of human, compassion, nurturing and kindness. I think that all of these traits make a nice loop back to you lovely image. Nature has the same traits.


  7. Beautiful photo Val, this kind of scene does make one stop, think, and re-assess our lives and the human condition. A beautiful, serene moment instigated by the simplicity nature around us.


  8. Thank you lovely photo and wonderful thoughts. 😉


  9. It is a beautiful relaxing waterfall, and thoughtful post.
    Acknowledging our humanness when we feel low is hard and I am grateful of you ever reminding me that sometimes that is the best I can do, and that is OK.


    • Thank you Elizabeth. I’m glad this resonated with you. all we can do is our best … and that can vary quite a bit sometimes!


  10. lovely reminder Val.


  11. As human beings we are all capable of love, compassion, nurturing and kindness. We are not alone in this. eve


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