Dark

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It is my favorite time of day. The cool dark of 5:30 AM is quiet and softly peaceful, and best of all I am alone. Shifting my attention back from daily kidney antics to my creativity, reading and personal growth reminds me that life is always changing, and the quiet is perfect for observing it.

Hint

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I awoke this morning with the blanket snugly wrapped around me, and my bathroom floor was too cool for bare feet for the first time in months. The turning of the year is why I love my New England home: Fallen leaves carpet the brick patio, soup-making is on the agenda. This transition time between seasons calls to my soul, asking me to prepare because ¬†it’s time to let go and move on to something new. What is it that I need to know today? I will be quiet and listen.

‘Tis a Gift

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We drove up to Canterbury Shaker Village yesterday. I wanted to show them the beauty and simplicity that my mother loved so much. As Shaker antiques dealers, my parents loved Canterbury and the last two remaining sisters there. “I think the whole world should be like the Shakers,” he said. “We should be quiet and simple.” This ten-year-old speaks from his heart.

Disappointment

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Disappointment has two sides, doesn’t it? I wanted to go with them but knew it would be too much for me. I had been looking forward to the smell of the ocean as we explored the island’s windy scape. I wanted to see the mainland from miles at sea, accompanied by gulls screaming overhead. I just wasn’t ready to be away from home for an entire day.

While they were gone I drew in my sketchbook, read a book about knitting socks while walking through the Scottish Highlands, took a nap with Sammy, and sat on the porch  watching a downpour. Each moment glistens in its own way, and I saw. The quiet helped me see that each moment is worthy of cherishing whether something spectacular is happening, or something simple is unfolding in front of me in its own time. Simple pleasures.

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