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Sunday, 20 December 2009

This time is precious

There is a hush over the land that comes just before a heavy snowfall. Can you hear it? The trees stand motionless, holding their breath in anticipation for Nor'easter that's headed our way. The night sky is starless and thick with snow clouds. As I walked along the edge of our property tonight, the treeline was barely visible in a the the veil of mist that hung heavy in air. The smell of woodsmoke that billows from the neighboring chimneys speak of winter; the northern wind brushes big fluffy snowflakes against my cheeks confirm this too. There's a quiet stillness in my spirit tonight. I have this calm feeling of being at peace with who I am and where I'm at in my life. I feel as if change is near, that I must prepare to change with tides in the new year. There will be a few feet of snow down before this night is done -- lots of shoveling tomorrow. I turned my face up to the snowy sky, stretched my arms out to the side and make believe I'm weightless, adrift up, up, towards the heavens.

My dear friends, thank you all for taking the time to stop by Slightly Off-Center from time to share my life here -- I treasure each one of you. May you be blessed in this new year and prosper in all that you do. Take a few moments during the holiday rush to try and remember to appreciate the small things in life. It’s in between the small, unexpected moments where you can see the real beauty that is all around us.

7 comments:

Janet Jarrell said...

Nor'easter - I had to look this up. There is something quite comforting in the smell of wood smoke.

Nice message.

LarryG said...

Hope you have a very blessed Christmas!
I heard changes of the spirit described this way - just as the moment of sunrise is indescribable and yet we know the sun rises, the spirit changes and we know the change is just as real, the exact moment may be very subtle but it is no less reality...

I love your photos, words and the warm friendship I suspect in your blogging!
Slan Abhaile 2010.

WackyMummy said...

I hope you have the merriest of Christmases too! (((hugs)))

only a movie said...

I love this feeling before a big storm. I love being home all prepared, with all my people around me before the snow flies...

And I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this post, Jack. Very beautiful.

Happy Christmas to you too.

xo
E

kaye said...

that was a lovely walk in your world--so poigiant! Have a very merry Christmas!

Shadow said...

merry christmas dearest jack. yours is one of my favourite visits in blogland. and a post like today explains why... even though all i feel is heat and hot winds, for a moment is was gone, into your snowy, icy, misty world. thank you!

Gal Friday said...

Beautiful writing from a beautiful spirit.
Happy New Year, Jack! May this peaceful feeling stay within in you in the coming new year....