Monday, June 20, 2011
Slowing down the pace
Peacefulness in the Garden
This weekend my husband and I traveled to Williamston, North Carolina to spend time with my n-laws and celebrate Father's Day. I have been blessed in this life with two dads, my own who has now passed on and my husband's father. I have been a lucky girl in life! Every time we arrive in North Carolina, an overwhelming sense of peace and rest comes over me! Life is always so full of demands and excuses are made as to why we can't travel to North Carolina; yet when we make the time to go, we love the time that is spent there. It made me think about what I wanted to blog about this week! Slowing ourselves down to a quieter pace of living, something that sounds easy, yet is not an easy thing to accomplish.
My n-laws live in a very quiet town, filled with beautiful farms and landscapes. My father-n-law grew up there (and ironically so did my mommy). When he retired, he always wanted to return there and so they did. They have made a beautiful and peaceful life down there! It never fails, when I go there and just slow down, I almost become lethargic! When you allow your body and mind to just slow down it is amazing the feeling of tiredness that comes over you. I am so used to being home and running a quick load of laundry, painting a quick part of something I am working on, checking an email or blog, the phone rings, running off to work, etc, etc, etc. Down there I had no distractions, just time to visit with my parents, rest, walk outside and slow myself down.
My parents have beautiful hydrangeas growing in abundance in their backyard, so incredible. I was able to take the time to photograph them, thinking they would become a watercolor someday . . . and I stress someday! I have been taking a photography course by Vivienne McMaster, You are your own Muse, and she has taught me to look for different opportunities to take a self portrait . . . I found one in the hydrangeas!!