The Dock to Peace
The view from the bench
The sky and its reflection in the water
It is not often these days when one can find a place where peace can be sustained for any length of time, except in your heart if you allow it!
On the way back from Florida in January, LM and I stopped to visit a lifelong friend of his in Wilmington, NC. From their lovely home along the Cape Fear River, we were able to walk to the dock in less than a minute. It was very still and the warm air felt soft and embracing as we stopped to lean over the railing and enjoy the reflection of the sky and clouds in the water. As our eyes adjusted beneath the reflection on the surface, we could see all sorts of fascinating movement on the ocean floor. The tide was falling and oyster beds were emerging, creating interesting swirls and eddies. We made our way to the bench and sat for at least an hour, savoring every moment of the peace which had overtaken our spirits. Holding hands, sun on our faces, rarely uttering a word, we gazed out toward Cape Fear and the tip of the Outer Banks, but kept coming back to what was happening right in front of us as the tide continued to drop and more of the oyster beds and other sea life were revealed. Our focus was able to stay fully on what was happening right there.....we savored every tiny movement, every scent, birdsong and rustle of the marsh grasses. It was very intense communion with nature, peace and our love.
We still talk about that special morning and remember it as one of our favorite moments on the trip.
Back to today....I had to go to an appointment in Hyannis this morning so LM asked if we could meet somewhere on my way back. For 10 minutes on this most beautiful sunny, warm Spring day, we sat amidst the chaos of a busy parking lot, sun on our faces, holding hands and felt the same peace we had in NC, soon I was back to work feeling as though I was floating on a cloud. It didn't even matter when my boss asked me to stay late to do some extra work.