jusummerhayes

The flow of life

It's dark inside the flat — a flat in Padstow, Cornwall that we've been coming to for well over 15 years. 

My daughter and her BF are asleep in the lounge, there is practically no light and yet still I type these words.

Lucky me, eh!

But I am lucky.

I see that in great waves of gratitude each day I get up with the spirit to write, to do my work and to be here — with a world still to explore (allowing for a wee pandemic along the way).

That said, and having just celebrated my 53rd birthday, I feel an increasing sense that life is slipping through my fingers, one brief moment at a time. There's a real sense that this day — this moment in fact — will never come again and I've got to do everything within my power to make the most of things. I don't mean I've to eat up each day with a long, and in my case, turgid To-Do List, but, instead, to remember to pause, reflect, breathe and to take in everything that life has to offer. 

And, trust me, it's a lot easier said than done. I say that simply because, even on my early-morning walks, I'm often so lost in the reverie or chasing Alfie that I forget to stop, look at the amazing view and contemplate the aliveness of this moment. As I type those words what comes into my mind is the few times, before Brian's death, I stopped near one of the many gates that enclose the agricultural lands in the vicinity to say a short prayer for him. Perhaps I ought to do something similar for my own life. Not to pray for something else or different but more a great rapturous thank you to god or whatever it is that's keeping all this together for each of us to live in and through. 

What about you?

How do you feel about the passing of years and what it means for your life? Or don't you give it a moment's thought? I'd love to know.

Anyhow, and sorry to be so brief, I'd better take Alfie out given a) the number of dogs we'll have to avoid and b) the fact that everyone appears not to be obeying the social distancing rules. In any event, the way I'm headed I hope we won't meet too many people. I hope to take a few pictures and I'll share the best of them later — assuming that the Wi-fi is working.

Have a wonderful day.

Blessings and much love, Ju

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

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