It began in mystery and it will end in mystery, but what a rare and beautiful country lies in between.
~ Diane Ackerman
It started with yesterday’s sunset. A rainbow of colors were splashed across the sky. What I didn’t know was that they were a hint of things to come.
The bay window in the master bedroom here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch faces east. We put up shades for the sake of privacy should we ever need it, but rarely use them. The gradual lightening of the sky in the early morning when night gives way to day usually wakes me up. It’s a lovely way to transition from sleep to wakefulness.
Sometimes I stay in bed for a while and watch through the window as the sun and sky come together in a display of colors. This morning I was pulled out of bed by a promise of something wonderful being hinted at in the sky. I had no idea what it would be, just that it would be.
When I stepped outside, I didn’t think about which way to go. I headed west, through the woods and out to the dock. Whatever had enticed me out of my warm bed insisted that it wasn’t the sunrise I wanted to see.
As I made my way through the woods, I caught a flash of color. I thought it must be the sunrise lighting up and painting the clouds. There is a cold front on the way, and this one really will bring some cold. They are having their first real snowfall in the Bogs from this weather system. Our weather people on the Eastern Shore are saying we might have snow flurries today, with the wind chill making it feel as if it’s in the 20’s.
As I rounded the last curve in the woodland path, I saw the colors peaking out between the trees and grasses.
I ran out to the dock because these things are often so fleeting. I apologized to my knees, but as it turns out, they didn’t seem to mind the exercise. Soreness and pain are cured by awe and amazement, it seems.
Be still, and the world is bound to turn herself inside out to entertain you. Everywhere you look, joyful noise is clanging to drown out quiet deperation.
~ Barbara Kingsolver
The light, the silence, and the colors were breathtaking. The rainbows, for there were two of them, lasted for more than ten minutes.
I felt myself expand into the sky.
Eventually the rain and wind swept in, and it was a whole new world of dark clouds and cold gusts of air. There was beauty in that, too.
Thank you for visiting on this blustery day, and joining me on my early morning walk. I took my time making my way back to the house. The rain that came while I was on the dock didn’t last long, but shortly after I ducked inside, the wind began to rage and the temperature plummeted. I suspect there will not be many leaves left on the trees after today’s storm moves through.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Early morning magic arcing across the sky. The songs of the wind. Cuddling to stay warm. Fresh carrot juice. The limitlessness of the heart.