Have you ever taken time to simply sit and contemplate?
Maybe you should!
Contemplation is good for the soul
The sky is grey today, which is a nice change for Florida, and I have spent a goodly amount of time staring out of my window at the wetlands dressed in their winter wear…well Florida winter anyway. It’s been a chilly day here and it was so cozy inside the house that I didn’t want to leave.
I was supposed to be finishing the unpacking…no it isn’t all done and what is, leaves a lot to be desired because I’m not certain where I put everything. I still can’t find the plug thing for my electric toothbrush which is spinning ever more slowly each day. I’m constantly opening kitchen cabinets to discover where I put the toaster, or the dish I need or the mixer. But I had all the time in the world to stare dreamily out of the window.
I was contemplating what makes me tick, what makes us all tick and how much my outer world experiences reflect my inner world of thoughts and feelings. Although it sometimes seems as though it’s the other way around.
Why one path and not another?
I was thinking of decisions that changed my life entirely…such as coming to the States for six weeks and staying and eventually marrying my Darling One. What if I’d gone to Timbuctoo instead? Why don’t I get up every morning and walk? I intend to…in fact when I first arrived lo those many years ago I vowed I would walk on the beach every single solitary day…who wouldn’t it’s gorgeous…but I don’t.
I was imagining growing old gracefully, staying strong and healthy. A trip to Lake Como…a place I’ve never been, so far. Being a size two again…yes I was! Being a fabulous photographer. Learning French…for the umpteenth time…because I’ve fallen by the wayside…yet again. Playing the piano, even though we currently don’t have one and really don’t have anywhere to put one if we did.
Little things can mean a lot
And I’m at peace…it would seem that staring out of the window doesn’t really count as doing nothing, there was a lot going on inside. I’m beginning to understand why my Mum used to say, “Don’t worry, everything that needs doing will still be there tomorrow, it’s not going anywhere.”
And of course there’s always the age old question…what shall we have for dinner?
Encourage one another.