The Prairie Sage; The Space Between...
“Music is the silence between the notes.” Claude Debussy
Christmas at last is behind us. Gone the frantic, frenzied activity of the week before. Christmas cookies have been eaten, presents purchased, wrapped and exchanged, expectations soared and plummeted. For at least the past week, people shopped with determination, hoping to get that exact right present to make everything perfect. Children counted down the days, from the minute they got out of school for vacation until Christmas morning. And now, like the unstoppable force of a hurricane, the damage is done, the storm has passed, and we sit in a quiet pause.
I love the week between Christmas and New Years. There is peace in not worrying about the holidays, and not yet starting a diet. This week is the perfect time to just be. Just be a mom, and have fun with my kids, sledding, playing in the snow and drinking hot chocolate afterwards. Just be a wife, snuggling with my husband, not worrying about the holidays, kids grades, or anything else. Just be myself. We are, after all, human beings. Not human doings. This week presents a perfect opportunity to be who we are, where we are, now. Not to pile on more demands, desires or decisions. This short time will flee, so now I take the opportunity to be just me.
Like the music of a symphony, our lives unfold before us. Not always harmonious. Not always in tune, but continually moving forward. If a symphony contained only notes, with no silence between, the ensuing cacophony would be deafening. Much the same, our lives slip onward. If we lived only in the noise, in the activity and machinations that surround major events, we would be exhausted, stressed out, tired and over-stimulated.
It is in these quiet moments, when we pause and take a deep breath, waiting for the next onslaught of activity, that our lives become beautiful. These quiet days or moments are the ones in which we realize the true blessings of our lives. In the silence, where the music lies, we can finally say, “Life is good”.
Dave Matthews...The Space Between
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