The mists rise early on the Gauley River foretelling an oncoming rain. The birds scramble to gather food and thicken their nests against cool damp air that comes with winter in these mountains. As the water laps over the painted sandstone pebbles I realize than my breathing has slowed to match the sounds of ripples as the river ebbs and flows over the river’s edge. The blue mountains peek out over the tree tops to observe the game as I gather smooth stones one at time and skim them across the surface of the river.
There’s something to be said for maintaining simplicity in your life. The uncomplicated act of casting a little round stone into the flow in an effort to make it jump and dance pushes away all of the chaos that comes with outside world. In all of nature the importance of playing in the life of adults is obvious. It doesn’t really have to be a demanding game . There’s no need for a point system and you don’t really need competition. You just need it to occupy enough of your mind to push back the demands on your life’s energy.
It doesn’t matter if it’s skipping stones or tossing cards into a hat. It’s a little way to take back part of your ownership of life.
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