Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Thursday, November 7, 2013

I Must

Take the time to retreat from your day - to - day routine, and make a genuine effort
to reconnect with yourself and your natural surroundings.
Something I read this early morning.

I thought this was what I was doing
and seems not so.
Here it is November, leaves cover the ground, wind blowing and a chill in the air.

A year that when I look back
I think went faster then any in my lifetime.
A year where so much has happened to me and in this family
and I almost feel like I lost myself somewhere along the line.

Physically feeling good at the moment, a smile on my face,
feeling at peace  and yet
I have much to do
regarding body, mind and spirit.
For some reason in my lifetime I thought this would stop
eventually and I would say to myself "you have arrived."
It is quite evident to me in these last years
I have not arrived
and wonder does anyone ever arrive?

There are continual lessons to learn.

Remember, wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit
~~ Edward Abbey~~

In order to understand this world, one has to turn away from it on occasion
~~Albert Cumus~~

Seeking a quiet day and then some more quiet days
to quiet the mind
and to stop trying to understand so much.

My heart tells me to do the best I can, stop the questioning,  just accept
 and nothing stays the same anyway and is always changing


Wisewebwoman said...

Acceptance has been my struggle for ever it seems.

Lovely thoughts for the day, thanks Ernestine.


One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

WWW, I do believe
we are kindred spirits :)
Thankful for you and your words...

Sharon said...

What's the saying, that change is constant? I know the feeling of wanting things to stay the same long enough for me to catch up. If I stop long enough, life slows down and I have time to take it all in.

Enjoy the day Ernestine ~

Barbee' said...


Lonely Rivers said...

I once went hiking with friends who were REAL hikers. They were athletic, experienced and had all the right equipment. I was soon exhausted an fell behind. Periodically they would pause and wait for me to catch up. As soon as I got to the resting place they would take off and of course without rest I was behind again. It was a miserable memorable metaphor that has served me well and revealed new truths as I have grown older. I realize today that life is in the pauses as well as in the great efforts. Practicing yoga has taught me to understand my edge and love "times between".

Pienosole said...

So true what you've written about the importance of listening to our hearts, questioning less, staying in touch,and just being. I don't many, if any, ever "arrive", but with practice we can have more time closer to those moments of peaceful mindfulness.

Judy said...

Arrive? I don't know if I ever will or maybe I don't want too? Questioning. New discoveries. Change. Seems to be the story of my life--still an unfinished woman here.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Lovely post Ernestine. I'm a work in progress, taking life one day at a time.


Tabor said...

I thought our squirrel cage thoughts would come to a halt, but that is not to be. At least we can still think and ponder and judge and question and love. Keep the peace, my friend, and pause at that lovely fall scene you have posted.

sandra hagan said...
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sandra hagan said...

you are working your way through to the other side of you


and love...

Sky said...

beautiful woods in autumn!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Sharon, Barbee, LR, Pienosole, Judy, Lorraine, Tabor, Sandy and Sky, :)

Beverly said...

I have read, Life is not a destination, but, a journey...

So, we are always going to be traveling....even when we are living in the woods....keep on keeping on...

Sharon, I always say, The only thing constant is change!!! (well, I wasn't the first one to say it)