Part 5: In this story (#theconferenceofthebirds
), the #duck
is next to come up with excuses. He boasts of his purity, his pious ways—praising the value of water. He goes as far as to say that #water
is the superior element.. that journeying through places where #rivers
may not flow meant he would leave the comfort of all he’s known. Most importantly, his love of water stemmed from what it gave him: a home, sanctuary, life, etc. Sometimes we feel discomfort, believing we cannot deal with challenges life throws our way. Sometimes we love and value people and things for what they give us, and how they make us appear—put together, pious, rich, smart. In doing so we not only ignore the true state of these people and things, but also our own true state. What we want, how we feel, and where we could go if we only learned to embrace the unknown and the uncomfortable. The hoopoe responds by questioning the true nature of the duck’s purity: “Is your life as #pure
as you declare?” What the world sees on the outside, and what happens behind closed doors are often different. The calmness that water appears to bring is only an idealist perception of its function and with time waves can bring all #illusions
crashing to the ground. What are some ways you may not truly be what you seem? What are some situations where you may have endured discomfort and uncertainty and how did you deal with it?