A River Runs Through It

Today’s picture was taken on Saturday when my wife and I were out taking the dog for a walk.  The place where we are staying in our fifth wheel is located along the San Joaquin River near Manteca, CA.

I have a long history with the San Joaquin River.  I first laid eyes on it back in about 1963 or so when our family moved to Antioch.  I was just in junior high (now middle school) at the time.  Near Antioch, the river is about 3/4 mile across.  Not so here.  I would guess that it’s maybe 100-150 yards across.  It’s hard to estimate distance over water.

As I thought about this picture, I thought about how much rivers are like life.  They usually flow along, but there are occasional droughts, floods, ripples, currents, blockages and the lot which make life more challenging – and if we’re honest, more  interesting.  Can you imagine how boring life would be if every day were identical to the one before it (can you remember the movie, Groundhog Day?)

Every day is different…much more different than we think.  We don’t say the same things every day, or hear the same things.  We don’t think the same things or eat the same things.  We don’t see, smell, taste, touch the same things every day.  Every day is a unique, special creation.  We just don’t often see it that way.

I can’t remember, but I think it was some ancient thinker from India who said that no man ever steps in the same river twice.  Sure, they may step into the Ganges or San Joaquin every day, but it’s not the same river.  The chemical composition changes daily.  Different water molecules are being carried past. Different sediment is on the bottom.  The fishes are different.  The water that touched a person’s foot on Monday is long gone come Tuesday, so they never touch the same river twice.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could get past our boredom with “routine” and begin to see each day as remarkably wonderful, full of possibilities and exciting discoveries to be made?  Sometimes all it takes is taking the time to think about it a bit instead of just live it!


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1858, Italian revolutionary Felice Orsini threw bombs at Napoleon III in Paris in an assassination attempt; several were killed but the emperor was unharmed.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the Australian term “zot” means to knock out or kill quickly, as in “Will someone please zot that fly?”




One thought on “A River Runs Through It

  1. Hi Galen, this is very true in my life every day is the same and I am very bored to death. You gave me an Idea,to make a plan every day and stick to it. Go for walks it does not take money to do this and the baby would love the fresh air. I would much more like to be in work but God has other plans right now and I am needed.You always have great ideas and words to enlighten people,Thank You for being there for others:) You are loved!

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