This week I’ve experienced moments of serenity. Wonderful, singular, restful moments of tranquility that have been calm ports in the storm of the normal.
I arrived early for a late-afternoon meeting in Woods Hole and entered the fray of seeking out a parking sport. I say fray because there is limited parking in this coastal resort and scientific village. I was lucky and did find a spot, a lengthy distance – but good walk – to my destination. After parking I glanced around and noticed that I had landed across the street from a picturesque scene – a very small park with beautiful wood benches overlooking the mouth of Woods Hole Harbor.
As it was late afternoon, most of the big boats had berthed, but the smaller sailboats were out, maybe from a local yacht club, going back and forth, sailing a short distance and coming about, passing in front of each other and then back again. It was beautiful, almost choreographed.
You may have noticed that I enjoy taking pictures of single boats in calm seas, and this was no different. I did have my camera with me but chose to try my iPhone camera. Building excitement, waiting for that perfect shot is fun. You feel in the moment and the result is something you can look at later and remember the complete serenity of that exact time. It was almost like borrowing an artist’s eye and seeing scenes with a singular vision – looking only for that specific moment that you need to capture.
I experienced deja vu when I visited an art gallery yesterday where the works left me blown away. Specifically, I felt like I stepped into a cloud of serenity when I was viewing landscapes and seascapes by Joseph McGurl.
His works were so real I had to search for brushstrokes, which were carefully camouflaged under strokes of brilliance. The quiet scenes drew me in as if I was a part of the painting. I had to give myself a mental shake when I was done viewing the works as if to reel me out of the dream world back into reality. It was kind of a rush.
When you need to relax, try to hone in on a single peaceful moment. Cast about for the serenity of the scene and latch onto it. Capture a snapshot for your memory gallery and bring it out from time to time. Sink into it. Breathe in the peacefulness before returning to your normal.