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wa-ter-shed (wô'tar-shed') n.

wa-ter-shed (wô'tar-shed') n.

1. The region draining into a river, river system, or other body of water.

2. A critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point: "a watershed in modern American history, a time that … forever changed American social attitudes" (Robert Reinhold).

I was reading an interesting article this morning about the critical nature of a location or region's watershed. I was intrigued at how incredibly important every part of the cycle is. There is the rain and snow, or other type of precipitation that falls from the heavens. There is the watershed, the region with all its variables; the streams, springs, rivers, lakes, ponds, forage covered, barren, sand, rock, season, and most of all, the types of pollutants that are added along the downward path of the water back to the ocean.

I know that is a pretty slim and unscientific description of the exquisite perfection of nature's process of moving water from sky, to land, to ocean and back to sky, but as I will discuss, it hit me pretty hard.

As I was reading the article, I was struck with a deep understanding of our personal watershed. We receive all the "rain" (information, knowledge, enlightenment, and illumination) free "the source". No charge, no conditions, no barriers. Like the rain, it freely comes and is freely given.

The part that knocked me over was the realization that we are the landscape, the pollutants, the users, withholders, the exploiters of our "rain". We are the watershed. And just as all the variables noted above effect the water as it flows through the watershed, we add our variables to our "rain" and determine the quality of the water as it flows back into the ocean–the source–the universe.

The article I read encouraged people to do whatever they could to prevent pollution from entering the sky to pollute the rain, to keep the earth clean, to not drive polluting cars, to recycle, to not litter, to use less electricity, to plant trees, and a whole list of other items. This prompted me–with the insight noted above–to look at all the things I am doing to pollute my watershed.

Some of them I came up for me were being impatient, getting angry or upset, being judgmental, taking things personally, projecting my insecurities onto others, backbiting or gossiping, thinking I am right–and expecting others to accept it, self-righteousness, unforgiving, and living by my fears rather than faith.

If this article strikes you in a good way, take some time and check out the state of your watershed. Is that pure, perfect, cleansing water which flows into our lives, and placed in our care, protected by us and used as it is, or do we pollute it as it flows through us–back to the universe.

I would love your insight and discussion regarding this thought.

My regards. D. Tully

 
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