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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Greetings From Whidbey Island

"When you paint {substitute your word of choice here}, you discover who is really there under the polished surface of your beliefs.  Your energy is connected to a greater energy.  You step out of your hiding place into a larger reality, because you open yourself to the unknown experience.  You connect with the background of life, and at moments your boundaries dissolve.  You become one with the movement of all things."       Michelle Cassou

I'm looking across the Puget Sound at the still water, the perfectly blue sky mixed with a few puffy white clouds, trees just beginning to turn those gorgeous autumn shades.  I am alone here in this sweet little cabiney house, listening to the crackling wood stove and the occasional bald eagle screeching right outside the back door.  Seriously.  We saw them this morning when we heard their loud cries, flying right over our heads--there were three of them.  This place is just gorgeous and so very serene.  I could spend forever here and be quite happy.

My family and I road-tripped here yesterday.  We left our house at 8:00 a.m, got to Seattle at about 2:30, drove to the ferry dock, waited in line for the ferry for an hour and a half, took a twenty minute ferry ride, drove another 30 or so minutes until we arrived at this beautiful spot at around 6:30 p.m.

It was a very long day of rushing the kids out the door first thing in the morning, while they cried and whined and fought about one thing and then another thing and then another thing.  And then a day filled with more whines and cries from the backseat, "She just pinched me mommy, when are we going to be there? (repeat at least 3 dozen times), give it to me now, can I have a snack? I'm hungry, are we ever going to be thereThis is longer than going to Antarctica.  When are we going to be there? (Repeat another 3 dozen times.)

At one point along the way, right about the time we were passing the Seattle airport, I begged my husband to stop the car so I could get out.  I was pretty serious.

But here I am sitting in quiet, knowing that every minute of yesterday's craziness was worth it.  The rest of the family is out in the row boat right now.  I opted to stay back--a good choice, I'm thinking.

It's so good to have the contrasts.  I'm realizing that more and more.  I don't know that I would be fully appreciating this moment had yesterday not been so irksome. (I don't know that I've ever used the word irksome in a sentence--i kind of like it.)

Yesterday I wanted to run and hide.  Today I'm feeling those boundaries slowly slipping away.  It's all good.

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend doing whatever it is that you're doing, appreciating the contrasts, connected to that greater energy, feeling the oneness of all things.

***Photos to follow

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