I have been offline the past few days. I’ve been busy seeing a good friend, reading, enjoying the last days of Summer on the deck, and doing a lot of personal writing. I intentionally stayed off the computer (including my phone and tablet). Was it hard? Not. At. All. We all need to find something that gives us peace of mind, this is mine.
I spent part of my Saturday morning with a good friend that I haven’t seen in about three or four years. We email each other on occasion and have tried to get together for ages. We finally made an “appointment” a few weeks ago to meet for breakfast – that neither of us canceled or asked to reschedule is a miracle unto itself.
As we sat in the restaurant catching up, the thought occurred to me that here we are — she’s a bit grayer and I have a few more wrinkles, but nothing has changed in the way we talk with each other. It’s like we saw each other last week. We sat talking in that restaurant for two hours. We both commented, a few times, that it was ridiculous that it had taken this long just to have breakfast together – especially since we only live 25 minutes from each other. When we were leaving, we promised that it wouldn’t take another three or so years to meet. We both laughed, knowing it probably will. It was so good to reconnect with her – face to face.
This weekend as I was enjoying the last days of Summer on the deck writing (the calendar may say Fall, but when it’s 90+ degrees out, it’s still Summer here), I watched the turkeys and deer start to change their seasonal routines.
As the days get shorter, the turkeys are heading to the roosting tree earlier in the evening. The sunset over the past few days that gleams behind the tree while they are positioning themselves has been glorious. Of course, I never think to bring the camera outside to capture those incredible moments. Sitting on the deck at just the right time, I can hear the “whir” of wings as the turkeys glide to the tree. It grabs my attention every time. There is something immensely satisfying in that sound. I know it won’t be long until the turkeys move to their winter grounds and we won’t hear that sound for many months.
The deer, and there are a plethora of them now, have been enjoying these past few days of Summer as well. The bucks are gathering their harems and practicing head butts with other bucks, the fawns are getting bigger and less gangly, and the does are getting ready for mating season. We watch them come down from the high pasture and graze below the barn every day. They are aware of us but they could care less. It is such a pleasure to watch them. It brings me the same sense of satisfaction that I receive when I hear the turkeys flying to the tree.
Taking this time offline is nourishment for my soul. It’s not a knock to those I speak with regularly online, it’s a matter of taking care of myself. It’s all about peace of mind…mine.
As I mentioned in my last post, there is a lot happening in my life right now and sometimes, it gets to be too much for me to handle. The noise of being online adds to my feelings of being overwhelmed. I’ve had many of those days lately. Allowing myself to sit, read or write, and appreciate all that nature offers right outside my door, brings me a measure of peace that I need.
Ah, I hear the whir of wings – my peace of mind is calling.
What do you do to recharge your spirit? How do you find your peace of mind?
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