Hot Springs Musings

I was struck by how the kids played in and around Boat Box Hot Springs which was much like how they occupy most spaces. They get into their own worlds, sometimes independently and sometimes collectively. They use whatever resources are available – rocks, sticks, water, moss. And they go. They play. They are busy. And they lose all sense of time.

While they sat in this pleasantly warm puddle and played, I was overwhelmed by the beautiful Salmon River. And I wanted them to understand the beauty too. Take it in, understand these magical rivers don’t just happen everywhere we go. Yet there they were, playing in the warm mud as if they were in the bathtub. Totally content, totally unaware of the majesty surrounding them.

It made me think of the C.S Lewis quote: “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

Often I have probably sat in the bathtub, far too easily satisfied, short-sighted, unaware of whatever majesty was surrounding me at the time. May we hope for, long for, and continually seek the beauty that we were meant to experience, whether in scenery, companionship, or lot in life.

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