Monday, November 21, 2011

"still"

All of these changes are going on all around me. Marley changes daily, my life and the things I am learning about myself, my body, my personality, my relationships... the world is in a constant state of evolution. The other day I  had to run to Target with Marley to get a few things and she started wiggling and screaming and wanting down and Im trying to entertain her and get her to stay sitting down while trying to feed her snacks so her blood sugar doesn't drop (she's hypoglycemic) and she really needs her diaper changed because people are starting to wince when they walk by us and she thinks its a game to drop all of her toys one at a time from her purse to watch me pick them up and then my cart gets stuck on a rack and pulls the entire thing down (story of my life) so im trying to pick up the clothes and now she starts screaming and kicking and she cant hold her head up and I realize I really need to get more food into her system but she dumped out all of her snacks a few aisles back so Im running to the food counter to get something to shove in her mouth... 

and then.... 

we're in the shoe aisle... sitting on the floor in a beautiful calm silence. Sitting with pink glitter shoes watching the sparkles prism in the light... These moments of "still", when Marley and I just sit and look at the detail in a leaf, or cuddle in bed and listen to the rain outside while I play with her hair, or when we lay on the kitchen floor and look up at the lights after a busy day... these are the moments of less movement, less doing, less rushing  and more stillness, more contemplation, more peace...
Often times I'm not in control of the way that my 20 minute trips to the store turn into 5 hour trips, or the way that Marley grows right before my eyes... and even though everything seems to be moving and changing so fast around me... The moments of calm and peace always come at the perfect times to bring balance, depth and meaning to it all. I always remind myself that "life is what you make it, and a whole bunch of other stuff too". Seeing the blessings in the little things and slowing down to notice the amazing details in the world around us keep us from going crazy and mistaking an elementary watercolor for a Michelangelo. Our lives are woven by a creative genius and I'm so thankful that he makes them both beautifully complex and exquisitely simple. What would one be without the other? So today Im thankful for the ways that the scatter brained moments, hectic schedules, and chaotic days bring significance to the moments of peace... when the whole world seems to be motionless and standing... "still". 

7 comments:

Eat Pray Love said...

You're amazing, and so inspirational. Love it!!

Amber Thrane said...

aw thank you Amanda, youre too cute!

Fleur De Moi said...

This is a really sweet post. As someone who doesn't have a child it describe it very well. In a good way!

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