This Is Water
R ecently, I came across the following quote by the legendary American writer David Foster Wallace:“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and remarks, “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” The two young fish swim on for a bit until eventually one looks over at the other and whispers, “What the hell is water?”
As you might know, sound waves underwater travel faster and clearer than those in the air thus allowing marine animals to gather information and communicate at greater distances and from all directions.
If we look a little closer at this image of marine life communicating under water, it ought to be evident that life under the surface of our seas are inextricably connected anywhere in this world due to sharing the same body of water that supports them.
If we take this same image and turn it around, I have a question for you:
What if WE are swimming in a common sea as well? Now, some of you might be asking, “But what water?” and some of you might already appreciate that this story of sea creatures “talking” amongst themselves is merely a metaphor for helping us to better understand that we are not single individuals inhabiting this earth but rather we are connected,through a common sea of energy, to every other species that share our planet with us.
In my book “Vana’s Adventure with Mother Earth” I explain in a very playful way how everything is interconnected. This time, I will illustrate this with an example – not from the book – but from my backyard garden in Brussels where birds chirp cheerfully. By the very nature that I could see and hear the birds – and most probably vice versa – clearly connects us.
However, the connection goes even deeper that just sight and sound. How’s that you might ask? Well, these same birds breathe the same oxygen that envelops both of us and, likewise, we exhale into the same space. The trees that border the backyard and surround us, in turn, absorb our exhaled breaths and turn them into the oxygen. Therefore, it is likely that I may have even breathed in oxygen that these little birds helped to produce.
On a more practical level, I have a thought to share. Next time you, have to make a decision between taking the car, public transport, biking or even walking, will you also consider that the fumes that our cars produce not only adversely affect our fellow humans’ environment but also the birds’ respiratory organs?There are numerous occasions when we do need the convenience of an automobile but there are just as many other instances when we could, indeed should, find an alternative if we consider the life that surrounds us. Everything starts with the awareness that we all are connected.
If you want to know more about how I see the world, I invite you to join Vana and as she shares incredible adventures with Mother Earth and some of Her most cherished friends.“Vana’s Adventure with Mother Earth” was written for all readers with a curious mind – both children and adults seeking to reacquaint themselves with their inner child. This compelling story will take you on an unforgettable adventure that will help you see your world with reinvigorated eyes.
About Dana Petrovic
I am an author, TEDx Speaker, consultant and trainer. I was born in Yugoslavia (today’s Croatia) but I left my homeland as a teenager. I lived in Florence, Italy for two years followed by two decades in Germany, where I completed my undergraduate and doctorate studies, and two and half years in Brussels, Belgium.
Mother Earth has always been at the centre of most of my artistic work as I consider Her the greatest inspiration ever for She delivers miracles every single day to us each and every one of us.
I firmly believe that a way to sustain our lives on this beautiful planet starts just under noses within the little miracles that happen directly in front of our eyes while we are too often preoccupied paying attention to the substance-free buzz around us.