In the movie Ever After, Drew Barrymore’s character, Danielle, asks Leonardo da Vinci, “A bird may love a fish, signore, but where will they live?”

There are some of us who like to exist more submerged, exploring inner space and our emotions like a scuba diver or that cool deep-sea vehicle used to examine the Titanic wreck on the ocean floor. Others fly through the air and live high above the clouds flitting and fluttering this way and that, getting a brief overview of it all and only experiencing the external surface of the world. There are landlubbers, jet skiers and snorkelers who operate somewhere in between. Which one are you?

An adult human is about 60 percent water, so it makes sense to spend a little time in the metaphorical H2O to get in touch with your feelings and desires, an honest assessment of what’s going on within, even if it’s not your regular place to hang out.  The ideal is to have the best of both worlds, to be able to move between the two when the situation demandsto be either a bird who can swim or the much rarer fish that can fly (but they do indeed exist). Or maybe just change your name to Ariel. 

But if you’re a little afraid of the abyss, don’t have the right gear or if you need an expert dive instructor, I’m your gal. Or perhaps you’ve been down there a while and are ready to come up for some oxygen and explore new vistas; if so just give me a buzz, and like the great Italian master (just change the o to an i) assures Danielle, “Then I shall make you wings.”

(*Today’s PGG was originally posted on August 24, 2010)

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