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Quiet Gifting on Still Mornings... Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on August 18, 2016
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Welcome

I do think by George we are having spring. It has arrived or at least that is the hope we are having. So we gather today and sorry to tell you, we have no fire. The ashes have all been swept up and the hearth is awaiting the next fire. One thing we do have is each other.

Lets light a few scented candles and pretend shall we. Gather in close and cuddle up to the sound of the soft piano music in the background, the smell of freshly made popcorn, as always the great company of many who come is a blessing.

Summer Adventures

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Summer

This has been an interesting summer meeting many new people with the same passions. For those who have been following I purchased a small live aboard sail boat last fall. After spending many hours in online courses I qualified with an Advanced Skipper rating. It was a reminder the mind should never be allowed to get lazy.

I have had it out several times this year and I must admit it has been a blast stretching what I wondered if I was capable of. Over the years I have had several boats, most powered by motors. The constant noise, fumes and fuel consumption have never sat well with me. One of the beauties of sailing is the quiet you experience. It is rather amazing once you understand the concept of sailing at the speeds you can generate. There is something very freeing about knowing you are running under a renewable resource such as wind.

Quigley of course has become a first mate. She sits up with her ears flapping watching the world pass. She is loving the new adventure as much as her dad...

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Nature Sounds

On Sunday afternoon I arrived at a fairly popular lake. The day use areas were filled with young families, several small fishing boats were slowly moving up and down the lake. Many families were fishing from shore. The lake was calm and it was serene knowing people were enjoying nature and relaxing.

I had just started to raise the mast and stow everything for two days of sailing when loud music could be heard coming towards the area. Three trucks, there ski boats and several people in their mid 20's arrived. The music and the language was terrible, the display of total disregard or respect was upsetting. Several people spoke to them, they simply carried on. Sadly families started to leave as it was apparent this group had no intention of changing.

Four the next several hours they ran their boats at full speed up and down the lake, the music got louder as did the language. It is sad to think we have entered into a society that has little or no regard for others, even after being asked to be more considerate. The noise kept up until well after dark and once they left there was a hush again over the lake valley.

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Changing Times

Over the years I have seen a steady decline in respect for others. I have watched in wonder at how we have become this "I" Society. Really when you think about "I" has changed who we are, take into consideration we have "I" this and "I" that, do we not. My question is do we really need to make ourselves so noticeable to gather attention that we must irritate others.

Sadly the day was ruined for many people, especially younger families. How do we as adults approach a group like this, speaking to them. In todays world we have no idea what the consequences may be for stepping forward. Have we been so overcome with fear we dare not?

I think the answer is yes we have in many ways. It was obvious these people had the resources to be able to use the best of the best. It is not likely they could afford new trucks and boats such as these so it all must belong to the parents. Who taught them to act like this, is the problem being spoiled, entitled and the thinking being they are above reproach.

Queit Waters

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We All Seek Peace

Someone recently pointed out that society has become so used to having noise about them they need more and more to keep stimulated. Is what I was witness to the new norm? Many studies have shown it is acceptable to put children to bed with white noise machines. Do we in our homes have to have a TV or stereo playing in each room? Do we really need to playing music in cars that the thumping sound can be heard 6 blocks away? What does all that noise do to the inner spirit. I think my uneducated guess would be it disturbs something deep inside.

Maybe I am getting old in my way of thinking but what ever became of being stimulated by silence. Sitting by a fire and listening as it crackle, the sound of a far off loon calling into the night. I often sit listening and counting the sounds I hear in the small town where I live. They are few really and I am so thankful for it. Each time I go out camping or sailing it seems I must go further away to find peace.

Sadly I think many are like me and as we move on into the future I think it will only get worse. Some say you just have to shut the outside sounds off to find inner peace. I laugh at that advice as what I just experienced not many could tune out... How about you, do you experience the fallout of what others create...

© Rolly A. Chabot

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      Patty Inglish 8 months ago from North America

      That's a nice life, living on a sailboat. The pictures are relaxing and beautiful as well. A good read all around!

      Some films I review are so loud my ears ring afterward. Not a good thing. Sitting by a body of water always helps.

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      Rolly A Chabot 8 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Patty...

      I hear you there, sometimes the same at the movies. Several years agi I attended a Cher concert. I am sure some of my inner organs changed places... Hope you are doing well...

      Hugs as always

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      Eric Dierker 8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great stuff friend. We basically do quiet around here. The penetration of another's peace through loud sounds seems like a very wrongful thing to me, so I avoid doing it. I wonder if the offense of bringing loudness into the wilderness/nature is not a fighting offense.

      Funny it may just be a guilt co dependence thing but I just get all uncomfortable if I am invading another's peaceful space.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't think I could do it for a prolonged period of time, but living on a sailboat for a couple weeks would be a blast.

      I understand completely about peacefulness and quiet. I used to love to take the kayak out on the Sound at night in the dark.....pure heaven, my friend.

      hugs from hot Olympia

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 8 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I am happy to report that I live in a very small town where any kind of disturbance is not tolerated. I live on Main street and I rarely hear a car pass. Not long ago I heard a noise in front of my house, I looked and saw that our city police had stopped a car and was making the woman walk a line to test her sobriety, she failed and was placed in the police car, soon a wrecker came and took her vehicle away. It was the talk of the town, because it never happens. I know that I am blessed, and I feel bad for others. Your quiet time was ruined by people who only cared for themselves. I blame the parents for bringing their children up that way. A sailboat sounds wonderful. I hope you get to enjoy it the next time without the rude crowd. Thanks for sharing. It was good to know you still have Quigley.

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      Rolly A Chabot 8 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eric...

      Thank you for the comment and like you I try to respect others right to peace and quiet. Just seems the right thing to do is all...

      Blessings fron Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 8 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy...

      Love the image of a kayak in the sound surrounded by darkness and quiet. I was chuckling thinking of you on a sailboat for two weeks. My imagination would be a boat that resembled an ark, after all you would have to bring your urban farm with you... Its ok I can blame my twisted Canadian mind...

      Hugs from Alberta my friend

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      Rolly A Chabot 8 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ruby:

      Now that is the kind of town I could appreciate, the last sound you hear at 9pm is rolling up the street fro the night. You are blessed indeed my friend.

      I agree in the sense it does fall back on the parent. In my childhood it was small town living, a place where if I misbehaved any adult in town had the right to grab me by the ear and haul me top my parents. Today that would mean a near life sentence to even touch little Johnny.

      There young people I do believe were a true exception to the rule as each person who stepped in and suggested the mind others around them were met with the same obstinate attitude. I do think it centres around that concept of entitlement, hopefully they grow up soon...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 8 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      I love the sense of peace and quietness that you share. When I was a child we had a boat we could sleep on, and when we sailed out, my mother would always say, "Quiet! Listen to the silence!" Then we would sit and hear the waves lapping on the sides of the boat and the breeze singing gently in the ropes above us. How I miss that boat!

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      Rolly A Chabot 8 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi BlossomSB...

      So good of you to stop in and say hello and thank you for sharing your sailing experience. You are so right about listening to the silence. It is all around us should we allow it to take the mind to that quiet place as well...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Karen Szklany Gault 8 months ago from New England

      Yes, alas....not everyone is taught to respect others, but it sounds like you were able return to enjoying the peace after they left, even moreso.

      My family and I are lucky to live in a rural area, so that we can camp in our backyard and watch meteors from our back deck. Laying down on a blanket just looking at the stars for an hour or so puts me in the right frame of mind for a good night's sleep. ~:0)

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      Shauna L Bowling 8 months ago from Central Florida

      Rolly, there's nothing more peaceful than the sounds of nature. You made a good point when you said today's society needs to be constantly stimulated. What many of those people don't realize is taking time to slow down, breathe, and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature is not only stimulating, but cleansing.

      Your sailboat sounds wonderful. Being on the water is very freeing.

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      Rolly A Chabot 8 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi seafarer Mama:

      Then you are truly blessed and so glad you are able to enjoy. Dad was born in RI and I can recall him telling me much the same of night skies.

      Heading out for 5 days on the water with the sailboat...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 8 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bravewarrior:

      I have always been a firm believer we as humans do need our alone time. A time to simply pause and restore the mind, soul and body. It is all part of healthy living.

      Yes the sailboat has been special. Again to see both sails full of wind, listen to the swish of water under you, just what is called for. Heading out for 4 days on the water tomorrow then a week at the cabin along the Clearwater River.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Shauna L Bowling 8 months ago from Central Florida

      I wish I were going with you. Sounds like just what I need right now.

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      Deb Hirt 7 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Like you, when I have my time off, I want silence, but natural sounds. It's bad enough going to the lake to hear people yelling there, which drives me even deeper into areas with no people.

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      Rolly A Chabot 7 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Shauna...

      Consider yourself tucked away and travelling along. One of the many reasons I like to share some of these adventures...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 7 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Deb:

      Yes you do have a great point in having to ever go deeper to find what the inner spirit desires. Nature is forever calling us to seek that peace and solitude and you share it with us in your beautiful photos of Boomer lake... I can feel the peace there...

      Hugs from Canada

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