Here we go with today’s word choice:
We have shallow waters, where we are most comfortable if unsure and not wishing to get out of our depth. Metaphorically, we dip our toes first to see how things go, gradually wading in at our own pace to an acceptable depth.
Then we come to people who are shallow, those with little depth or consideration, they who are fickle and self-serving.
I saw the film Shallow Hal, a 2001 romcom starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow.
The scene that hit home for me was the Children’s ward. Under his hypnotic state, he sees the kids as beautiful, intelligent and whole, and is prepared to help out and involve himself in their treatment and recovery, though to his eye, he can see nothing wrong.
When he goes back no longer under hypnosis, he sees them as they are, broken bones, scarred, burns and cancer victims, and turns away because they are not ‘perfect’.
There is beauty in us all. No-one is perfect. I saw a woman in a wheelchair with no legs, and her hair was magnificent, glossy, full and dark, down beyond her waist. Her smile lit up an entire room. After a few minutes, you didn’t see the chair.