That Precious Period Of Peace

The older I get, Modern Philosophers, the more I realize how important it is that I complete my time machine and journey back in time to fix all the errors of my past.

But that’s an entirely different blog post.  Let me try this again.

The older I get, Modern Philosophers, the more I realize how important the little things are.

Take this morning for example.

I finished my run, did some stretching, and then went on a short cool down walk up the block.  Once this was all done, I returned to The House on the Hill, sat down on the porch, and took a moment to enjoy the silence.

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It was in that moment, as I sat there with my legs up on the porch railing, that I understood how much I enjoyed this precise moment of my day.

It was too early for anyone else to be out on the street.  There were no cars.  The street was completely silent except for a couple of birds singing.  The sun was shining brightly.  And I had it all to myself.

Basically, I had nothing to myself and it was perfect.

Getting up early to run can be a grind.  The run itself isn’t fun.  Even the stretching and the cool down leads to some sweating and aches.

Once I go inside, I’ve got to rush to get ready for work.  Then it’s off to work, which has never been my favorite time of day.

Clearly, it’s those five minutes of peace on the porch that save my entire day.

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This is the time of year when I can finally savor that five minutes.  Most of the time, it’s too cold to sit on the porch after my run.  Or too dark.  Or too hot.

This is the Goldilocks Opportunity.  Everything is just right.

I’m not bragging about that brief encounter with Zen, nor am I preaching that you need to start running just so you can enjoy that same experience.

I’m simply sharing that this moment is out there, and it makes my day.  I hope you all find such a precious period of peace to make your day a little brighter.

Be well.  Be kind.  Stay safe.

And to circle back on my very first Deep Thought in this post, I really do need to finish that time machine so that I can right some wrongs…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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5 Responses to That Precious Period Of Peace

  1. markbialczak says:

    I make sure to look at our front yard garden and admire the beauty of nature on my way to and from work, Austin. My little piece of peace, as you say.

  2. kristianw84 says:

    I think it’s important to make time for those still moments. I relish the little things in life!!

    If you can’t right those past wrongs without a time machine, maybe it’s time for you to forgive yourself for being human and let them go. Not trying to give you unsolicited advice, so I hope I’m not stepping on your toes, but those regrets can weigh you down if you’re not careful.

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