Tuesday, March 3, 2009

An Inner Light….

   There are days especially towards the end of winter that I start to feel a bit closed in. Claustrophobic….shut in…cabin fever…isolation….they are all words that can sometimes mean restlessness, irritability and discontent are sneaking into my life. If I can’t get to Florida or California or one of those expensive island retreats (yah right!)…then I need to find another solution. Today I chose to look within. I decided to get even more quiet and do some reading. One of the books I am reading has an awful lot of spiritual writings and to me that is soothing today. It may not be tomorrow…..but it is today. I try to read something spiritual every day but almost always fall short of that. My own thoughts of the day ahead seem to get in the way. Getting quiet is not that easy. After reading some, I went in search online for more of the same. Here’s something that grabbed my attention…… In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." - Albert Schweitzer  I liked this quote and could really relate to it as I sit at this computer and stare out at about 4 to 5 feet of snow in my front yard. I generally don’t mind winter at all. I don’t like driving in it but I have always welcomed it as one of the 4 beautiful seasons we have here in Maine….fall being my favorite. But….lately…..I have been kind of wishing it away. I guess I have had enough….like a lot of you. That quote from Schweitzer reminds me that people in my life may help with the “winter blues” and how lucky am I to have good friends and family….some of whom are on these great blogs! I believe that God (that’s what I call him) speaks to us all through these people. We are his instruments and that’s a really nice thing. Would you believe I started this blog hours ago and am now just getting home and finishing it! I love that I can do that! Anyway….thank God we all have our own beacons in the storms that help us find our inner light once again…..we are all kindred spirits of some sort….we are really not that different. I will end this with a photo from my garden, of one of my very favorite flowers I plant every year….the sunflower. I try to plant a different variety every year…..there are so many. This one is from the Monet collection a couple of years ago.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love your attitude! Your frame of mind and spiruituality. Oh, yes, your sunflowers, too!
Reading your writings is like eating yummy chocolates w/out the calories ...
Love ... GeeGee

senior Bean said...

Ah the winter doldrums and the inner fires all good subjects for a blog and something most can relate to. And to eminate a quote from geegee your writing is like whoopy pies.copy that?

Kathleen said...

Hi Debbie, you have a wonderful gift for writing. Your thoughts are beautiful, and a joy to share. I have a hard time to be "quiet" inside. It's Lent, and I am making an extra effort (and giving up Lattes). I feel that friends are a true gift from God. They give us more than they ever know. I haven't been blogging all that long, a few months, and every once in awhile you meet someone you have an instant click with. It's just a wonder. My husband drives truck and has left today for Texas....The house is quiet. Just me and Mr Ming. More snow I hear for tomorrow and again on Sunday...please God, make it stop. Talk to you soon, sweet friend, hugs, Kathleen

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a beautiful post Debbie. I know what you wrote is true..and it is nice to be reminded of what you know to be true by someone you instinctively like and respect. I think circumstances have caused me to lose my way a little lately. As you can see by the hour, I am having a hard time finding that quiet, peaceful place within. I..am uneasy.
Reading your post is what I needed, you were that beacon in the dark. Thank you for being there, Debbie.
Love and hugs,
Mona

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