Have you? You pull out the stick with the gaping hole at the end of it, stick it into the solution, put it right in front of your mouth and then you blow. From your breath and action, out comes a stream of bubbles!
Watch how beautiful they are but you know what? As human beings, we don’t. We let the kids pop them one by one as we frantically repeat the action so that more bubbles can be produced. The bubbles are soon met with gleeful screams of delight from the kids. Frankly, some grown-ups find bubbles quite arresting as well. What’s not to love about bubbles … except for the soap residue that it leaves on the ground?
So, you’ve blown bubbles in the park but have you watched them?
One by one, each of them of different size and beauty, blown out and floating at different heights, sighing gracefully towards the ground. The colors reflected through the bubbles are particularly interesting to watch. All of them reflect colors at a different angle.
Sometimes, I think of those bubbles as human lives. Each of us, products of breath. Each of us are given beauty and intelligence and yet we are in an environment that we cannot control. Some floats to the ground, some hits the park bench (ouch!), others glide together towards the same destination. Well, some end up being poked out by kids in the park or ‘eaten’ by the wishful-thinking dog beside the bench.
On another platform, we blow bubbles without spending some time watching them float and pop. We blow out streams of bubbles in rapid succession and fail to notice them much or enjoy them. That’s a waste of something so truly beautiful and simple.
I used to have a readily-available bottle of soap bubbles outside my house. When, inevitably, stress strikes, I go out and blow bubbles. But unlike the times when I blew the bubbles out for my kids to pop, I spend time watching them, smiling at them and appreciating them. How can anyone not love bubbles?!
So, here’s my suggestion to you. Have a ready bottle of soap bubble outside. Whenever you feel rushed, stressed and that the world is simply not right, go out and blow some bubbles. I think it is one of the most incredible thing invented on Earth … right below the beauty of the telephone and internet, of course.