The Pondering Grapefruit
a blog of moments
I recently discovered an artist named Zaria Forman who draws giant renditions of glaciers with pastel. I thought they were photographs at first, and was shocked to discover that she laboriously rubs and blend in every detail. This one below is called Greenland.
After seeing her art, I have been reflecting about water more in the past few days. Her drawings reminded me of how much of the earth is covered in water, in all its myriad forms. It is old news that water is a strange material, but I want to take a moment to reflect on just how strange it is, and how stranger still that the majority of the earth is covered in it.
First of all, water, in it's simplicity, is a small polar molecule. It's structure makes it so that it expands when it freezes. It is the only substance in the universe whose solids float on its liquids.
Second, water is the best solvent ever. It will dissolve anything, which is why it is referred to as the universal solvent. This property, again, has to do with its polarity.
This is not a chemistry lesson, so I won't go into much detail, but I also want to add that water is extremely strong. It sticks to itself due to its polarity, and this extremely high water tension is what allows plants to absorb water from the ground up to its leaves. Among other things, water also has a high boiling temperature and can hold an incredible amount of heat before melting. Water, in all its strangeness, is what gives this earth the capacity for life. It is a miracle substance that gives rise to more miracles.
Water also goes against the laws of economics. Usually, the more incredible a thing is, the rarer it is. But water defies that by covering 71% of the earth's surface and 50-75% of our bodies. My point is: miracles are not rare.
This reminds me of a quote by Thich Nhat Hanh, who says, "Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't recognize; a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child - our own two eyes. All is a miracle."
Last night while driving home, I heard a broadcaster speak of how our inability to appreciate what we have is the biggest "blessings blocker." If we take the time to notice and thank the daily miracles in our lives, we open our hearts to more positive possibilities.
When you do this enough, it dawns on your that there is nothing normal about life. It is all so very weird, and all the more beautiful because of it.
About this Blog
I have no idea how to describe what my writing is about. I just write. I post when I can, which can be weekly or monthly depending on where the universe is taking me. As for the Grapefruit, my Vietnamese nickname, Buoi, means grapefruit.