Walking with Another.........
I was walking with this young boy awhile ago , he was going through one of those periods when life can be a bit troubling , I could tell he had moved into a mood of solitude and introspection , we all know the one ! No doult , it's the pressures of just living today that drag us down. This boy seemed much like myself at that age . When I was a kid , the circumstances of family life and our social surroundings combined to create , for me at least , a very shy, withdrawn young man. I have always been inclined to recognize traits of the same caliber of personality in others. Anyway, we walked for awhile together , communicating in small talk .
" Well , anyway , hows life treating you this winter " i asked.
"Ok............." was the quiet answer.
" You seem a little bit down today , are you feeling Ok ?" I was trying to get a feel of the place he was in.......
" Unnn hum .......I'm okay.".......he responded. But I could tell there was something
wrong , he seemed distracted from his surroundings , after all , it was a nice day , one of those late winter days when it's warmer than usual , the snow melt is running along the edge of the snow banks , the bright blue sky and a sun growing closer to it's spring cycles of warmth.
Pressing a little firmer into the mood ,
" why don't you seem to be in a good mood today ?" I asked .....leaving the response open for a moment , hoping the silence might spur him on.
I watched as the dogs walked and trotted at times trying to keep up with each other. Exploring off into their own little world , For a few moments we walked along in silence , and then someting just seemed to click .
The young boy looked off a little further as if seeing into the mood that had been controlling his days, and then I watched as he took what seemed like a deep breath , and then exhaled.
.........and repeating the process a couple of times , I actually could feel the release of the mood that had taken him on this journey. Somehow a cloud had lifted and like in the moments following a summer rain shower , a new air , freshened by the walk , by being outside , watching the dogs running free , the deep silent breaths of fresh cool air , something inside had shifted ........
That's the biggest problem with going on too long locked inside yourself ........ withdrawing into the worlds within ........pretty soon you realize that .......you're talking to yourself!!!