Changing Paths- is it a choice?

Changing Paths- is it a choice?

I was watching a nice video on the movement of light balls in a cup filled with varying amounts of water. If the cup is half-filled the light balls line up at the peripheral of the cup. In contrast, when the cup is filled to the brim the balls move towards the center.


The video inspired me with many ideas. First, I recalled that a pessimist sees a half-filled cup as empty; whereas an optimist sees the same cup as full. It is now more than that. The optimist tends to move on a path away from the center and attention. In contrast, the optimist is the person who keeps moving towards the center because s/h is engaged.

The second point that crossed my mind is how easily we may ourselves change our paths in life without planning for it. I call this "The Butterfly Effect of Changing Paths". Our lives are sometimes like drops of water on the surface of leaves. Like water and we are mostly water bodies, the drop takes a spherical shape to reduce internal tension. These drops stick to each other like we do in hives. The members of a hive have many understandings and concerns to make them stick together. The cohesiveness of the group sounds great till we add a little soap. In soap weakness the internal bonding of water molecules and loosens the strength of their bonding. The water drops become no more spherical or bonded and then flow freely off the surface of the leaves. The path of the drop changed.

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We humans are the same. We take a pre-determined path with goals and indicators that we are on the right path and not deviating from it. A small incident or observation may bring huge awareness in us and find ourselves thrown into new challenges that take us into different paths. We might be sticking together as a group, but then a small "soapy" incident might get us flowing free of each other.

This brings another issue to my mind. We say "keep in the flow". However; keeping in the flow means weakening of bonding with others. Can we be "free-flowing" entities while strongly dependent on others?

This is Friday and I wished to share those ideas with you, hoping for free-flowing comments.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#40
Appreciate your feedback Preston \ud83d\udc1d Vander Ven

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#38
We are on the same wavelength my dear namita sinha- no question asked.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#36
Have a safe journey my friend.

David Navarro LΓ³pez

David Navarro LΓ³pez

3 years ago #28

#35
yesterday i had to start a travel and i saw this buzz before departing so i bookmarked it to read it calmly and comment it as it deserves. Will come back to it.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Dear David Navarro L\u00f3pez- you changed paths in your life. From your experience does this buzz make sense to you?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
My dear namita sinha- I didn't respond immediately to your wonderful comment because you got me thinking on the intuition-purpose relationship. Do we need to rely on intuition to define our purpose in life? I reviewed my life meanwhile and I say daringly that yes I do. You wrote "...and the paths we take are impacted by this universal presence of all - what matters is our awareness and honouring of our intuition.. vis-a-vis, our own bigger purpose within this vast expanse ...". Is it intuition versus purpose or intuition that helps us find our purpose? I would love to hear about your own experience. As for synchronicity I find this happening with few bees here. That this happens between the two of us doesn't surprise me anymore. To what degree intuition shapes us is a great point that you raise and is worthy of more pondering on. I can't express enough my appreciation of your comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
Dea2 Lisa Vanderburg- You really put a smile on my face with your very deep; yet humorous comment. I like so much the relevance of the post to you and your husband. Your sense of humor admixed with deep relevance are amazing. We aspire for stability, but being on the edge of extremes we might self-organize effortlessly. I am so happy with the comments on this buzz and reading all the comments in one go just shows how we have our own perspectives to same issue. Your perspective stands high. I can detect like-minded people from their comments. Guess who is the closest to you from the comments below. I know who is your soulmate.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
You really put a smile on my face with your very deep; yet humorous comment. I like so much the relevance you of the post to you and your husband. Your dense of humor admixed with deep relevance are amazing. We aspire for stability, but being on the edge of extremes we might self-organize effortlessly. I am so happy with the comments on this buzz and reading all the comments in one go just shows how we have our own perspectives to same issue. Your perspective stands high. I can detect like-minded people from their comments. Guess who is the closest to you from the comments below. I know who is your soulmate.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Great analogy and lovely thinking that reinforce the buzz. Thank you Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador and I feel I need to jump into water having had my toes in the warm and clean waters of your comment. Great analogy and deep thinking is what your comment reflects.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Great quote with great relevance to the buzz. I do wish to rad more comments by you Maureen Wixon for we need great commenters like you are. Gibran was truly a great philosopher as much as he was a great poet.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
Thank you Joel Anderson and I wish your good words produce a hugely rewarding butterfly effect for you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Wonderful mind you have dear Tricia Mitchell would read your comment. Unfortunately not too soon as she lost her beloved mother on Thursday night. My heart feels sorry for her loss. But Sara wold have enjoyed your comment considerably. Yes, we want to be independent and yet wish to belong to a group. As you mentioned sometimes a group may slow us down, but still we feel safer with a group without willing to lose our authenticity. I have more to say about your comment soon.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
Yes, true deat GDebasish Majumder and the external world has so much to do. Trees know how to adapt. Leaves know how to produce water and how to keep it . Many humans fail to do the same.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #18

Ah-ha...is optimism/pessimist not more a matter of extremes, wonderful Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee would understand way better than me! To be without extreme; basically in the middle of our wont, is a much sought-after commodity, methinks. As you know, my husband has PD, but I always say his PRIMARY disease is unbridled optimism! It's an open joke; he considers me 'pessimistic' (wherein I think I'm 'rational'), and I see his 'optimism' as 'extreme', as the inability to not see the proverbial excrement that WILL hit the fan; the fall-out! Lord...wish I was sane!! :) Great buzz, friend!

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Keeping in the flow may result in the loss of new opportunities and hinder our chances to move in various directions - like a tree wanting to spread its branches. But like the tree, we should remember our roots and while venturing out and not lose track of our true identity. If we become strongly dependent on others, then I don't believe we can remain free-flowing entities as we come diluted in the process. Plus, strongly relying on others may not always be our best option. It's best to dip your toe than to jump into the hot water.

Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson

3 years ago #16

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Thanks for a great post. Much need as my butterfly has been fairly active lately. Keep making a difference.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #15

out of the process photosynthesis, water on leaves are visible, a product of the plant itself. i wonder, how the droplets have their inherent desire to move without the direction of the leaves out of its design of surface! i guess, the leaves largely having control of water droplets on its surface and dictate the fate of the concern droplets. so, i guess, external world have a great deal to determine the fate of any event.however, lovely insight sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed read and shared. thank you very much for the share sir.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
Dear @Jean L. Serio- your comment is so rich and powerful and the answers you give are wise. I take, for example, hives on beBee. I could stick to one hive and feel safe. If this prolongs then the hive could become a comfort zone. I find it necessary to join other hives even though one would be stranger sitting in the sidelines. But this time could be the time to ponder on issues that hang in the head. Sometimes a random effect would send us to the edge. I am always baffled by your comprehension as reflected in your sound comments. This one is no exception.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
The golden bee Lance \ud83d\udc1d Scoular- I enjoy your hiney drops of emojis. Thank you also for sharing the buzz on LI.

Lance 🐝 Scoular

Lance 🐝 Scoular

3 years ago #12

πŸ‘₯ed 🐝🐝🐀🐳πŸ”₯🚲

MΓ­riam Caro LΓ³pez

MΓ­riam Caro LΓ³pez

3 years ago #11

I do thank your words, Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. I'll keep doing my best to be a good farmer whatever the wind does. Thank you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

You touched my heart with your comment M\u00edriam Caro L\u00f3pez. You are the present not only in time, but also to get to know you is also a wonderful present. The tension you have between your devotion to family and love to continue with your study is a bifurcation point in your life. To live the present we do our best to compromise and "comes what comes". I a a strong believer of this. I said once we are all like farmers who plant almonds trees. The farmer does his best to create the best growing environment for the trees. His efforts are producing the almonds flowers. Only then for a wind to blow them away. What the farmer do? I don't see the river alone and you made me see more of it.

MΓ­riam Caro LΓ³pez

MΓ­riam Caro LΓ³pez

3 years ago #9

Fryday, thinking introspectively, and writing in English, too much for me... (so please, excuse my mistakes) Do I do what I, younger, wanted to be doing by now? Am I who I wanted to be? Did I really choose? So many and so small details led us here. Because life is happening now, in the present. Past is something to keep in mind for learning from, and future is just a dream. And we all must be thanked for what we learnt and what we have; I feel so. But as I work, I have a family to take care of, and I have deciced to study again, many times I wonder about my decisions and my present, why do I keep my job?, am I studing enough? should I play more with my son? what do I need to learn? I guess no fish sees the whole river along. So we all try to do what we can. My yoga master often says something like Give your best and leave the rest to Universe, and so I know many people "leaving to Universe", but I'm more for giving my best. I think I know which drops I'm stuck, and which drops I would change for a new path. How could I not to try?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee- you are more than a sponge when it comes to reading and absorbing what yo read. Your reflections are superb. Mind you we might be sometimes the soap that we add to the waters of others so that they may flow. The soap is of your own making, but it made ideas flow in my head. Thank You

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
I couple your comment Pascal Derrien and I see lot of ideas emerging. How we adapt, adjust and change s the key. You unlocked a mystery my friend.

Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

I have taken many directions in my life. Directions deviated by the "flow," but all in the same course--advocacy. Rather than by choice, I have been driven to do so. Your view is enticing as I try to envision myself as a water droplet on a leaf. At times I have merged with others only to find myself a victim of soap in the end. But perhaps not, for when I reach out to other droplets whose flow I have influenced, they are still there and encouraging me in my despair. I can think of one droplet in particular. Perhaps the "soap" is of my own making.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

3 years ago #5

There are many soapy incidents the humble reckons he is not in the driving seat and the fool believe he is, in any case it is the way we adjust and react which is important

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
John Rylance- The glass is not too big to fill it with my thanks and appreciation for you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
The glass is not too big to fill it with my thanks and appreciation for you

John Rylance

John Rylance

3 years ago #2

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee great post. Going off at a tangent I heard this the other day re the glass and half empty/full. Someone quoted it and added to me the glass is too big. They may have a point.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Dear Savvy Raj- the readers have the right to know of the synchronicity between us by referring them to your wonderful buzz of today titled Step out your own way! https://www.bebee.com/producer/@savvy-raj/step-out-your-own-way#c1 They find more about your undisputed power of living and make others enjoy life by enjoying your buzz. Your comment here is the added proof.

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