#148: Enjoying the Peace
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Early this morning I sat on the front porch while I enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate. It was too early for most people to be awake. Two squirrels foraged for acorns and chased each other around the oak tree's trunk, making their trademark chittering sounds.
I looked, really looked at the house across the street and marveled at it's beautiful paint scheme and landscaping, the fiery red large leaf plant offsetting the various green tones of its surrounding. The yard was freshly mowed and neatly edged.
I thought of Ken and Carolyn, the home's owners and how nice they are. Each Thanksgiving they bring over a turkey leg for my two dogs to gnaw on. It's a special once-a-year treat for Baby and Thumper. At Christmas they, Ken and Carolyn, not the dogs :) bring me homemade cookies. In all ways they are ideal neighbors.
The morning was cool and quiet with merely a faint sound of expressway traffic in the far background, the type of morning that makes it seem as if all things are possible and that problems are not as serious as they actually are.
It was a terrific way to begin the day.
Tonight, as I again sat outside enjoying the evening's solitude, I marveled at the difference between hectic, over-crowded days and the peace of early morning and late night and wondered what our days would be like if the middle part of the day was like morning and evening. I believe our minds and hearts would be filled with the essence of the universe and of earth's beauty and a feeling that all is well with the world, even though we know evil exists to disrupt the love that continues to unite the people of the earth.
Morning and evening peace and solitude. How valuable it is to allow us to refresh our minds and our souls. I hope you enjoy your days' quiet times and feel, as I did for a short time, that I was truly one with our Creator.