The speed and pace of our life here in this country, the noise and the demand of it, the sheer unadulterated motion of it, are almost too much for me to cope with. Robert Benson, Between the Dreaming and the Coming True: The Road Home to God Sometimes, it’s too much. ”I’m just going to
Every day, I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight. Mary Oliver A woman, white-haired and a little bit shaky on her feet, looking at stuffies and other little children’s treasures in the store, smiling wide as she picks up each one for a closer look. Perhaps she is thinking
Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment. T. S. Eliot We are traveling to spend time with family today, and I am anticipating we’ll see some beautiful fall colour on the way. I considered taking my camera, realized we won’t have time to stop for
Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind. Henry James I walk in to the by-now-familiar room to register for next year’s community garden plot and there is a woman sitting across the table talking with the
Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet. Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables After a gruelling hour or so at an appointment downtown (well, gruelling to me, at least) I head to the mall to walk off some stress. It’s late on Friday afternoon and the mall seems full of people.
Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude. Marcel Proust The smoke outside from the forest fires is brutal—the worst of the summer so far. I will venture out at some point to water the garden and harvest some vegetables; it will be a quick, and less than enjoyable, task.
There is no doubt that solitude is a challenge and to maintain balance within it a precarious business. But I must not forget that, for me, being with people or even with one beloved person for any length of time without solitude is even worse. I lose my center. I feel dispersed, scattered, in pieces.