There are many quotes and sayings that relate to the elements. One that recently came foremost to my mind was the expression ‘come rain, hail or shine’, which means that you will do something whatever happens. I would like to dedicate this post to images and quotes that refer to the elements – in recognition and appreciation of their ever present presence in our lives.
The connection to hail was sparked by experiencing a storm like I’d never done before. I was able to look almost vertically into the hail which seemed to be falling in slow motion. The actual event was much more frenetic but somehow looking from underneath made time seem to go slower.
Where there is rain you may be lucky enough to see a rainbow – a beautiful, colourful expression of the elements. In the last few weeks I’ve been fortunate to see many rainbows. Some soft and diffuse, others arching high over the earth, some double rainbows even. Ah, the wonders of nature.
Other quotes and images related to the elements follow. Not surprisingly the quotes often relate to the ‘human condition’. These are only the tip of the iceberg (another saying – which means only the part you can observe, not the rest which is hidden), so to speak! I’d be interested to hear of other elemental quotes and idioms that inspire you or make you think. The elements also appear in many song and book titles. I started to address the former links in my post ‘Musical elements‘. The latter connection is a work in progress as there are literally hundreds of book titles with elemental themes!
Fire in the belly – ready to fight with energy and determination for what you believe is right.
Water under the bridge – something that belongs to the past and isn’t important or troubling any more.
Salt of the earth – basic, fundamental goodness; the phrase can be used to describe any simple, good person.
Take a deep breath – to pause; to try and make yourself feel strong and confident. A common quote that uses this phrase is ‘Take a deep breath. It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.” Interesting!
Any port in a storm – any solution to a difficult situation is better than none.
Bringing our attention to the way that we so often refer to the elements via our favourite quotes is a great way to remind us of how integral the elemental world is for us. I’ll see how I go in coming up with some other examples. In the short term I could only come up with lines from songs, such as ‘the answer is written on the wind’ and ‘get your hands dirty’. (The second is a bit more obscure but clearly earth related.)
Maybe you could create a post that explores the elemental themes in songs? 🙂
It’s good to remind ourselves of how elemental our world is, as you say. A few months ago I wrote a post called ‘Musical elements’ which started to list some of the songs that had elemental themes. Yours could be added to them. I will put a link to that post in the current one now as posts written in the past can get lost in the mists of time!
There is also the classic, Take a breath and smell the Roses. Beautiful Images, great subject, keep up the education of the masses about the elements.