Waterfalls, Oceans, Lakes, and Streams.
Composed of water, yet formed in unique bodies.
Full of life, bubbling, and beautiful.
According to the encyclopedia, a waterfall is typically formed in a place where an otherwise smooth stream is interrupted as it passes over a layer of harder rock. The water falls to a place of softer, more easily eroded, rocks.
There are plenty of life lessons and parallels to draw from this definition. In the roar of the falling water its possible to lose focus on the beauty in the big picture and the softer landing that will come - eventually.
Streams, as they get older, undercut and erode the harder layers of rock. As the stream bed falls, waterfalls lose height and significanse, turning instead to a series of rapids or disappearing all together.
I suppose with experience, maturity, and wisdom we realize that we don't have to fall so hard over the tough times. Instead of free falling with a noisy splash, we learn to hold tight through the rapids while looking for joy in the ride.
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