The Magical Elixir
The waves – mound, curl, foam, then come crashing down in long, rolling cascades in a rhythm unchanged through the eons. Water, the cradle of life on this Earth, permeates our bodies, captures our souls, fascinates our eyes, fills our ears with its tinkles and roars, tweaks our noses with its briny musk, and leaves our speech and thoughts with its indelible marks, a constant reminder of whence we came.
Have a problem? Find a SOLUTION – have that problem DISSOLVE.
Ran out of money? Now you’re INSOLVENT,
Feeling unhappy? You might find yourself DISSOLVING in TEARS, or just WASHING away your blues.
Looking to enter the Christian Kingdom? First, you must be baptized in the WATER OF LIFE.
Feeling uneducated? You’re suffering from the THIRST for knowledge. IMMERSE yourself in a good book, and your THIRST may be quenched.
Are you unworthy? Accept the Word of God, and your sins will be WASHED AWAY.
Threatened with bankruptcy? You may have to LIQUIDATE your holdings. The degree to which your holdings can satisfy your immediate debts and obligations is your degree of LIQUIDITY.
Looking to end your marriage? The judge may grant you a writ of DISSOLUTION.
Lacking in all human graces? Your soul must be SHRIVELED and PARCHED, DESSICATED of love.
Hurt the one you love? You better hope you can MELT her/his heart.
Need mercy? Better hope the judge is a WELL of kindness, a RESERVOIR of good intentions.
Starting a new life? Best make sure there is a nice baby SHOWER.
Didn’t make it on the team? You’re a WASHOUT.
Want remission for your sins? Better ask for ABSOLUTION.
Don’t want to deal with an issue right now? Perhaps, you can SUBMERGE it. If that doesn’t work, you might try DROWNING your sorrow with some alcohol.
Worried about offending odor? Best RINSE with a good MOUTHWASH.
God wants to start fresh? Create the DELUGE.
I could go on with this TORRENT of words, creating an even greater CATARACT of examples, but by now you should be seeing my point. Water and life are intertwined, and our fascination with both never ending.