by Ray Jason
At the time, it was just an eccentric, utopian game. But now, a couple of decades later, I realize that it was a perfect metaphor for my deepest aspirations. I would find some nicely rounded, sea-worn rocks along the shore. My favorites were about the size of a mango and slightly flattened. On each one I would paint a short quotation from a wise thinker.
Here are some examples that swiftly rise from my memory vault. Whitman’s “Question much and obey little.” Thoreau’s “Simplify, simplify, simplify…” And Plato’s “The unconsidered Life is not worth living.” I would then anonymously place these at well-known snorkeling sites, so that unsuspecting divers would suddenly be jolted by these pearls of wisdom. I always thought of them as my “Ponder Stones.”