Rory asks more interesting questions of us today. I’m in …
Before I start, I want to express my delight in Rory’s use of snail images. This comes from an impactful book I read called, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. It remains a personal favorite for its beautiful investigation of an unseen and rarely explored part of our natural world. All you fellow “nature nuts” might enjoy it as much as I.
How long will you be remembered for once you are no more?
During an introspective investigation I had many years ago, I came to the conclusion that those who involve themselves with children have a subliminal interest in being remembered. I am delighted when I reconnect with adults who I knew as kids, and they share a memory of our time together. If they end up passing on ‘lessons learned’ from me to their own children, my impact ‘lives’ on…
Recently, at a ‘wake’ for a deceased former neighbor, I stood in line waiting for my turn to offer my condolences to her grown children. Each person ahead of me in turn embraced the family and tears flowed freely. When it was my turn, the eldest daughter smiled, and we hugged. She’d only been sobbing all the while I had waited. Her comment, accompanied by twinkling eyes, was that she and her siblings had just been reminiscing about making Christmas Cookie Houses with me. I added my own memories of Halloweens we had shared from our side-by-side front porches. The grins and giggles continued as I addressed her brother and younger sister down the line. My heart has yet to recover from that scene. Their smiling faces during that terribly sad gathering would have pleased their mother who was the reason for all of us being there.
I can’t imagine a better way to impact people while being remembered. ❤
Considering that only 5% of the world’s oceans have been explored and charted, what do you think lurks in our world’s hidden and unknown waters?
I really can’t imagine what we may find. From recent reports, there’s increasing evidence of “life” (even in bacterial form) being discovered in what scientists ‘assumed’ to be totally inhospitable conditions in our oceans. To quote Jurassic Park, “Life finds a way.”
That alone is a mind-blowing yet comforting truth.
Are soul mates a real thing?
I’ve never come fully to terms with what that phrase means. Does the “mates” part mean compatible ‘marriage’ partners?
I think, on the “soul” part of humans, IMHO …we are the most intrinsically compatible already. [I use the term “souls” a lot in posts for the ‘oneness’ it conveys.]
But as the term “soul mate” is commonly used to describe a higher level of ‘alikeness’ that we can find in a person, I’d say “yes”.
We can find people with strikingly similar appearances, and we can find people with similar temperaments, experiences, and viewpoints. I believe that mathematically there are simply a finite number of combinations of those physical, emotional, and external things, so near ‘matches’ happen. We who consider likeness-on any plane- a connection, have more ‘soul mates’ than others. 😉
6 thoughts on “The Sunday Dawdler 3-5-23 The Likeness of Souls”
What a lovely incident to recount Susan.
Thank-you, Sadje. It was heartwarming. 😊
You’re welcome. I’m sure it was. And though we shouldn’t need validation, these sort of incidents provide a heartwarming feeling
What wonderful answers for this batch of questions Susan – thank you.
I agree with Sadje equally as much as your own account, what a wonderful way to be remembered and being part of such a lovely memory for others and l agree, the imapct we make on others is what is remembered and if we in turn are connected to those moments.
Yes, l too am often astonished at what life is being found and where – indeed, life finds a way and it brings me to the Frost quote life goes on.
It’s a good way of looking at Soul Mates, l have always looked at it with a regard to step ins equally as much as what we find the most comfortable interpretation to be for us 🙂
Thank-you! Your questions ultimately help me leave my opinions and experiences for granddaughters’ sake in my blog. It is my memoir for them to discover and explore one day. I appreciate your help with that.
There is always that beauty to be had Susan, l have seen a few write that their blogs are also their journals for their children to read – a wonderful message 🙂