Many years ago we suffered through an extreme drought in this area. Because of it many wells, including ours, went dry. We got in line to have a new well bored and thankfully they hit water on the first try. Its much deeper than the original and the water has a different taste, not bad, just different. In conversation I was told that water isn’t supposed to have a taste, but the water from our old well did. It tasted sweet and I still, after all these years, miss that water. The old well is behind the house and the new in front, not all that far apart as the crow flies, so you would think it wouldn’t matter, but it did, or does.
A quick trip down the rabbit hole and back asking why would water taste sweet gave me a few possible answers about the taste. From the plumbing, to body response, to minerals in the water.https://www.waterlogic.com/en-us/resources/water-problems/why-does-my-water-taste-sweet/
Just two of the many. Many sites are those seeking to sell things to correct the taste.
I wonder though, leaving the physical well in the yard, what about our personal well? The well within us that who we are comes from.
Our mind from which all of our thoughts, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs spring from. What do we share from there? Do we share words that would uplift, encourage, teach? Do we share ways to make life and living better? How does the water of our thoughts taste to others? Does what we believe and share, create a peaceful conversation, or does it create conflict? Do our thoughts revolve around building up, or tearing down? Do we seek healing and health, or death?
I know that our upbringing and those we associate with as children go a long way toward establishing our mindset, but if that mindset is incorrect, we can if we choose, change. Mindsets, are only set in cement, if we allow. Consider though, the many images of flowers growing up within cement, trees breaking apart boulders, places such as the Grand Canyon created by water erosion. A simple thought, can cause a break in a once believed impenetrable mindset.
What we put into our mind plays a large part. What we watch, read, listen to. Whether we absorb everything or research for truth. Whether we install educational materials or junk matters.
Our actions often show more than our words. It is easy to say, ‘I will’ then don’t. It is easy to make promises then not follow through. Words are often weak, while actions are strong. When you take that step forward, actions speak. When you reach out to another, seek to assist in what ever manner you are able, you show strength. When you assist in building, clearing, feeding, clothing those in need, your actions speak, and taste oh so sweet. When we stop talking the talk of difference and walk the walk, purity of heart shows.
Our heart. We are told that the heart is deceitful https://connectusfund.org/jeremiah-17-9-meaning-of-the-heart-is-deceitful-above-all-things but as this article says, it depends on what is put into our heart as to its condition. One who has been abused in any form. One who has been brought up in a home or neighborhood where the darkness of life is strong. Where it seems only the strongest survive. One who believes that the honest are weak and the corrupt strong. One who seeks escape through various chemical or mental methods. One who feels stronger, better, more important, more privileged. Anything that is lacking in love, compassion, kindness.
There are people who have grown up in conditions where you would think their well would be bitter, but instead they share the sweet taste of being a difference. https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2021/04/30/pittsburgh-steelers-draft-pick-najee-harris-comeback-story/
If you were to stop right now and do an honest self evaluation, what flows from your well?