I had plans this morning, about what I was going to write, after my first morning outing with Beaumont the Sheepadoodle, after meditation, after making a latte.
I did get my saunter with Beau and now it’s 7:30. I’ve been up since 6. At least out of bed since 6. I woke at 5. Consciously tried to put myself back to sleep for an hour. Isn’t that kind of a contradiction though? How can I be conscious about trying to sleep?
There’s a lost hour or so in there.
It happened because I clicked on a link when normally I’d be clicking on my meditation playlist.
The quote appeared under the title of his post today, Tuesday Morning Wake-Up Call. It’s from Ann Patchett in an article she wrote for Harper’s Magazine dated Dec 9, of last year. Dec 9 is my birthday. It must be a sign I need to read the article now rather than wait for my ‘reading hour’ later in the day. “There is a magnificent quiet that comes from giving up the regular order of your life.” Patchett wrote.
There’s a magnificent quiet that comes from reading a beautifully crafted and poignantly beautiful article in Harper’s Magazine in the early morning hour of dawn’s awakening.
In his description beneath the photo and link, David writes, “Take a moment to read the entire essay: “These Precious Days.” Long, but worthy.” The ‘take a moment’ was a bit of an understatement.
But then, great things are often those things we overlook until we take the time to really see them, or as in this case, read them.
I spent an hour following the breadcrumbs from David’s place to an article in Harper’s Magazine. It unfurled itself across my computer screen like layers of delicate Phyllo pastry encompassing the equally delicate flavours of spiced feta cheese and spinach baked to perfection.
In the end, I didn’t lose an hour. I found myself immersed in story.
If you want a gift of self-care, if you want to feel tears and laughter, bemusement and wonder, follow the link. It’s a precious gift. And it’s a great mystery. It starts with a note from Tom Hanks and unwinds from there.
Click here to read the article.
Click here to go to David’s place.
Whichever you click first, click the other too. You will find yourself in words and images and story and life unfolding. A most wonderful place to land.