“The water was dark and murky, nearly black. What was once a beautiful, blue fountain full of flowing, crystal-clear water was hidden below years of neglect.

How did it get like this?

I thought I had been taking care of it, properly cleaning it, but evidently not. The reality was glaring: The fountain begged for my care.

It was time to get to work.

After researching how best to care for a fountain, I grabbed the suggested cleaning materials. I had no idea how long it would take, but with slow, patient focus, I put my elbow into it and began the hard work of restoration.

As I scrubbed, I could see piercing blue, bit by bit. As the bright color appeared, a light bulb went off in my head, and I had a miraculous experience.

In that moment, I was no longer separate from the fountain. I was the fountain. We were connected, as one.”

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