I have this picture as the desktop background on my laptop. It’s nothing special, just a picture of the Otonabee River from when I was out walking the other day. I take a lot of pictures when I’m out walking, and some of the even turn out!
I find that looking back through the photos I’ve taken over the years, I tend to take a lot of pictures of water. Water brings me peace. This photo brings me peace. I think a part of it is because I’m astrologically speaking, I’m a leo, and the water balances out the way nothing else ever has. I can tell when I’ve been away from the water for too long because I tend to get stressed and anxious and can turn into a not-very-nice person. A quick trip to the river, or a drive to the beach can turn that around in an instant. Even growing up as a child, spending summers at our cottage on Lake Erie, I was more at home and more peaceful in my skin and my soul, than anywhere I’ve ever lived.
I am so grateful that if I can’t live near the beach, that I at least have the river to walk beside every day. The river has it’s own special rhythm that soothes me in a way that’s different from the waves of a Great Lake lapping at the shore.
When I can’t get outside, I am grateful to have this picture on my computer to remind me of the peace I feel when I am outside. It reminds me to breathe, calmly and deeply, and to see myself standing on the path looking out. Even when I don’t stop here to take a picture, I always stop at this stop when I’m walking just to look, to breath, to just be for a moment.
And even though I’m not great at visualization, when I look at this image I CAN feel the sun on face, the breeze caressing my skin. I CAN smell the water, the scent of the leaves, and the flowers growing in profusion in the park. I CAN stop, just for a moment, worrying about client projects, my own projects that never seem to get finished, the bills that have to be paid, and the never-ending to do list. I CAN stop, and put myself back there on that river path and find peace, just for a moment or two before I charge back into the chaos of life. And I’m grateful that not only does such a peaceful place exist in the middle of the city, I am also grateful that I was able to capture the image that invokes such deep feelings of peacefulness inside me as well.
Because peace really is in the little things. It’s where you find it, and where you make it. It’s how you hold that peace in your heart. Today, that peace is captured in my photo. And it reminds me, every time I close down all the windows and uncover it, that my peace is where I find it… and it’s always waiting for me to remember that it’s there.
What little things bring you peace? Share in the comments below.
Thanks for being here!