Thought and quiet Reflection - Dickens & Me

All my life I have never been afraid of my own company, in fact, I have always actively sought those places where I can sit and walk in a metaphoric bubble unaware of surroundings and deep in thought toward inner peace.

These times are very special and I endeavor to achieve them at least two or three times a week.

So much is achieved within this precious space, the 'effort' required..well, there is none. I return to reality full of renewed vigour and raring to go.

Charles Dickens [I have is complete works] wrote in 'Barnaby Rudge'

"There are still worse places than the Temple,on a sultry day,for basking in the sun,or resting idly in the shade. There is yet a drowsiness in its courts, and a dreamy dullness in its trees and gardens; those who pace its lanes and squares may yet here the echoes of their footsteps on the sounding stones,and read upon its gates, in passing from the tumult of the Strand or Fleet Street, "Who enters here,leaves noise behind." There is still the splash of falling water in fair Fountain Court, and there are yet nooks and corners where dun-haunted students may look down from their dusty garrets, on a vagrent ray of sunlight patching the shade of the tall houses, and seldom troubled to reflect a passing stranger's form. There is yet, in the Temple,something of a clerkly monkish atmosphere, which public offices of law have not disturbed, and even legal firms have failed to scare away............................................

This descriptive atmosphere portrayed by Dickens , sums up the emotion of my metaphoric bubble. I have found that, even within the hustle and bustle of daily living there are places of serenity.

Go find them, You'll never regret it.

Life is full of up's and down's and my life or anyone elses holds the exception. At some point life takes a downward spiral for no real apparent reason at all. A lot of it is due to an altered state of mind, maybe something traumatic happens and that seems to trigger an abundance of misfortune.  The old saying goes, 'everything comes in threes' and isn't it bazaar that we humans all seem to wait for the third bit of misfortune before we say ,thats it ,now everything will be OK AND  guess what it is.

Of course ,things do go wrong, through no fault of our own, e.g.redundancy, acts of God and such luck , but do we have to wait for the third. No.

Mr. Plornish in' Little Dorrit' states:

'that there was up's you see,and there was downs.'.................'even the best of gentleman must take his turn of standing with his ed upside down and all his air a flying the wrong way into what you might call Space. Wery well then'.........That gentlemans' ed would come up'wards when his turn come, that gentlemans' air would be a pleasure to look upon being all smooth again,and wery well then!'

Don't wait for the third, all things come to they that wait .

Fountain court
Fountain court
To find the Temple
To find the Temple

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Yes I agree, there's always a time for everything including a time for quient and reflection. And you don't plan it, you'll just feel the pull. thanks for sharing your thoughts :D


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Clara Ghomes 7 years ago

It's true that you can find tranquil and serene places even in the hustle and bustle of life.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

To Chris A and Clara Ghomes, Thank you for sharing my insights, there will be more, Inner peace is a wonderful thing even if just for a few moments.


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TheLoanConsultant 7 years ago from Orange County

Yes, times in the "inner silence" where we commune with our own heart are very refreshing!


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Thank you, LoanConsultant, glad you enjoyed it


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katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Charles Dickens was a fabulous, imaginative writer and for his era an amazing social commentator, they do not teach the likes of what he does at University, no-one can compete. His was an amazing life and he was an observer of its many querks and the ultimate interpreter in the way he wrote. I loved the quotes you selected.


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

Even in the heart of the biggest cities tranquil places can be found. Sometimes it's an adjustment of your own hours, waking up before the rest of the world and seeing what is normally hustling and bustling (say in Hong Kong) in a different hushed light, or on a roof top perch where you can if you close your eyes pretend you are sitting at the seashore with only the sound of giant waves. Enjoyed the Dickens connection.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

Katyzzz and Jerilee, thanks to you both for reading and commenting. I adore Dickens' and hope to add a lot more to this hub, am rereading the books to find more relevant quotations, hope you both return again, Thanks again for coming.


ralwus 7 years ago

I have my closet. place of solitude, and Dickens was indeed unique.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall Author

everyone needs a time for solitude, but in a closet? thats a wardrobe in my book.....lol, Good to see you Charlie.

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