Friday, April 13, 2012

#104 / Animal Me

On Wednesday this week, as I took my daily shower, and as the warm water cascaded down my back, the slippery soap I was using jumped from my hand, and ... before I could even think about it, my hands somehow caught it on the fly, in the displaced and different place it had gotten to, and then returned to their work. All this occurred without my need (or ability) to think about performing what was, actually, an amazingly athletic feat, an action that demonstrated a kind of coordination that I would have doubted that I possess.

This is not the first time that this has happened, and other, similar "recoveries" from slips and missteps convince me that my body has an automatic ability to do things, physically, that far exceed what I would ever be able to accomplish intentionally, if I ever tried, intentionally, to duplicate such prowess and agility.

There is an "animal me" that is wise beyond my brain. I need to trust it more.

There is a natural world, that is wise beyond our human works. We likewise need to trust it more.

1 comment:

  1. " I took my daily shower..."

    Interesting juxtaposition of posts, with this one and the previous, "Living More with Less."

    A low flow shower head uses 2.5 gallons per minute, so a ten minute shower consumes (flushes down the drain) 25 gallons of potable water. If each of the 92,000 people using Santa Cruz City water eschewed just one shower per week, that would save 120 million gallons of treated water per year.

    City officials claim there is no more room for increased water conservation, thus justifying a 120 million dollar desalination plant. I think we can prove them wrong.


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