Most interesting by far is what happens when two or more floaters make contact. Some have a sense of radar and feel the other before bumping. Some collide with no apparent awareness of one another prior to contact. Often there are apologies. My favorite reaction is when one giggles and takes the hand of the other. This simple gesture says "I see you. I know you. I'm happy to be here with you. I'm happy to be here. I'm happy to be. I'm happy."
When this happens, we all feel the spark, and we each react differently. There is always at least one person who isn't about to be left out of the fun and joins in. There is always at least one person who looks on from her post at the edge of the pool with a look of distaste sprinkled with a generous portion of envy. There are the majority who simply go about the business of floating.
This is life in community. We are all invited to float. The act of floating may provoke a hurt or an awareness that brings on tears, or a sense of freedom that makes one smile. When we have a strong sense of the environment in which we float, (in this case a deliciously heated 4 foot pool) our concern for survival diminishes and we can focus on the feelings that arise. When we long for connection to those around us, we can choose to hold on or to simply float in community. And when we bump, we can apologize and retreat to the side of the pool, or we can ignite a spark by clasping hands. When we feel a spark, we can allow it to kindle excitement in our being, or assume that the spark is not ours and that our hand would not lend color or heat or intensity or shape to the fire. We might each play any of these roles on any given day. I guess what I'm suggesting is that if we can choose, if we can change our roles, if we could decide to all give in to the spark and clasp hands, would we? There is vulnerability in floating. There is the potential for collision. There is potential for rejection. There is, however, little potential for drowning in this warm 4 foot pool. So if I happen to bump into you, please giggle and take my hand. Let's create the spark of connection. If others bump into us, let's welcome them in with the same laughter and warmth. And maybe, if enough of us get over ourselves and float with abandon, we can reach over to the side of the pool and encourage that person clinging to the side.