For [hu]man[s], the vast marvel is to be alive. As for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive. . . . The dead may look after the afterwards. But the magnificent here and now of life in the flesh is ours, and ours alone, and ours only for a time. We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos.

–from D.H. Lawrence, as quoted in a recent New Yorker.

Happy end of the year holidays to you all. May your life, as well as your water, be imbued with a rapturous love of life.