I smiled for the heavy rains drumming on the metal roof, soaking into the ground. Slow and steady. After such a dry summer, it just was so needed and right – a renewal, a release of all that has been building, all the “crazy” being driven back, into the earth, where it will transform, transmute. It was an added pleasure that over the two days and nights, the bulk, the weight of “heavy” fell after the midnight hours – there is nothing so comforting as inky blackness in the woods and hills with a rhythmic rain. It was such an appropriate welcome to Autumn.
Speaking of “wet” – “liquid” – “water” – I was smiling in awe and wonder, watching a new t.v. show, produced here in Canada – an original – called Race Against the Tide.
It features 10 pairs of sand sculptors who are pitting their skills in unique challenges, racing to create, against the tide – The Fundy Tide – in beautiful New Brunswick. It is the very first competition of its kind, in the world.
The beauty, in my opinion, apart from the highly creative designs and incredible skills showcased, is about the transience of life.
The competitors have 6 hours to create before the ocean, the tide destroys it all, reclaiming their creations. It reminds me of those isolated monks, who create these really intricate sand mandalas, only to then return them to the earth again.
Of course, this is crazy right? I mean, who lavishly slaves and works so hard, only to then wipe the slate clean? Artists. Creative types. Because each time we create something, we give and take and use, and then we release, let go. And then we start the process all over again. And life is like this, generally, too. Each day, each moment, is a push-pull – and the chance to be fully immersed in it, is open to us, if we choose to step into it.
The show, reminds me of this very reflective aspect. It’s engaging, thrilling and yet very zen-ish, and watching this new show always grounds me, makes me smile.
These are the two most outstanding smile aspects of this past week. Small slices that help me fill my creative well – and well-being.