Life Lessons – Revealed by Rivers


Rivers alter course over time – The fabric of reality is pliable


Tributaries join primary currents – Smaller objectives are achieved in the wake of pursuing larger goals


A river’s true power is hidden from view – Personal power can be inconspicuous


A river needs a flow path – To enter a new reality, first imagine it


Rivers meander to balance their flow – Misfortune can swing us toward fortune


Steeper flows have fewer meanders – Challenging goals provide fewer distractions


Da Vinci’s lesson:

A River which has to be diverted from one place to another ought to be coaxed and not coerced with violence – It may be better to work with the flow of times and temperament of personalities rather than defy them


Machiavelli’s lesson:

Fortune is a river – Fortune floods into life


Great rivers grow from many small tributaries – True success comes from helping others succeed

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Faith flows like a river; fear looms like a dam – Faith floats us toward our desires; fear generates obstructions


The river of today is not that of tomorrow – Seize opportunities that may not reappear

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Rivers find their own confluence – Personalities modify journeys


Images and text* © T. Mullen. Text from the book River of Tuscany.

(*Except for Leonardo’s and Machiavelli’s sage words, of course.)








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