May 24, 2011
The calm before the storm is always filled with that moment of absolute stillness.
Nothing moves, the birds grow quiet, the air grows damp, and heavy. If you listen, you can hear the thunder rumbling in the distance, sounds of discontent and change, you might even see a bit of lightning that illuminates all the flaws and stark realities of the world around you.
But right now, right here, just in front of you, there is an oasis of peace and quiet. It's only going to last a moment, if you blink, it might be gone.
Breathe it in, be still, close your eyes.
Let your mind wander just a little, remember a smile, or a hug, or the way your daughter made you tea that day you had to work so hard. Cherish this moment. Cherish something. A memory, a paragraph, a single blossom in a vase on the table.
Reach your hand across the table to someone that you love. Pet the kitten that purrs by your side, or the dog that sleeps at your feet. Blow a kiss to your son as he races out the door.
It only takes a moment.
And then faintly, that bell will start tinkling, breezes will filter through leaves and blossoms, and that calm, that stillness, will move on to another place, another garden, another room.
But some days, if you're lucky, you can keep a tiny piece of it in your heart,
and some days, that's enough.
Posted by kelly@thebluemuse at 4:00 AM