Morning sleeps in night’s dark embrace.
The river flows. Light glistens on its dancing surface. A car’s headlights cross in staccato bursts between the trusses of the bridge.
Ludovico Einaudi’s piano floats through the air on delicate notes of harmony.
Candlelight illuminates my desk. Coffee steam rises through its golden glow.
Beaumont the Sheepadoodle sleeps at my feet. He snuffles and gives a muffled bark. I wonder what he’s dreaming.
I sit at my desk, face bathed in candlelight and computer screen, typing and watching the river flow, the bridge lights glistening on its surface. I give a silent prayer of thanks to Miss Komininski, my grade 10 typing teacher. I do not need to look at the keys. My fingertips have travelled their well-worn path for decades.
These are the early morning hours I cherish.
These are the times I savour. They bring me harmony, peace, calm.
Not stolen. Not won. Present.
Memory stirs, pulling me from the here and now into a moment long ago when I walked in a courtyard at a monastary in a small town outside of Koln, Germany.
It is the early morning hours. I am the sole student representative from my school. I am participating in a week-long experiential program to learn how to act as a peer advocate against the looming war on drugs the adults in my world predict is coming.
The training program is filled with a mix of 30 students, educators and psychologists from American and Canadian schools in Europe.
I have no idea why I was chosen to represent my school, but in those dark not yet dawn hours of the morning that day, the ‘why’ didn’t matter.
I was there.
Walking in the mist-filled air listening to the monks chant morning Vespers. Feeling the cool moistness of pre-dawn caress my face. Hearing the quiet shuffling of my footsteps against the cobblestone pathway.
I was there in that moment. Alive. Breathing. Walking. There.
A still lake. Midnight. Black, star-littered sky above. Dark waters silent beneath the canoe in which I sit, motionless, paddle resting across my knees.
Mountain lake, waters so clear it’s as if the reflected stars are shining up from the depths below its surface.
I want to reach into the cool waters and pluck a star. Up. There is no falling. Only shining and it is shining for all its worth, lighting up the darkness above.
Some mornings are made for this. For strolling quietly through memory’s lanes, remembering.
Mystical. Magical. Mysterious. Pulling me into remembering the there and then that resonates so deeply with this here and now where I sit typing without looking at the keys.
Alive. Breathing. Awakening. Here.
Wishing you a day of wonder.