Blog Your Blessings: Quiet

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After school today, I went to Litchfield to do some video work for some good friends. On the way home, I found myself detouring for a little walk around Topsmead. There I spent a few minutes in silence shaken only by the breezes caught in the folds of the brittle leaves that had yet to let go of their trees.

No what-ifs, I-wishes, if-onlies. No disappointments or hurts or hungers. No problems, no pleas. No punishing words of any kind. Nothing. For as long as I was out there and alone, the universe was fine. I was not inadequate. I had not failed. It was all good.

I walked around and around as I fell in love with the silence, the soft autumn light running parallel to the hilltop, and old, old apple trees that twist and turn toward the light, bear their fruit, and lean into the hill even as they reach for the light.

I felt so good after a little while that I invited the quiet home to stay for a while. A lovely guest.


  1. This wise & healing post is my favorite of the week!

    Thank you for sharing your solitude with us; paradoxical but no less appreciated, Sister.

    You have given me a gift today.

    Aloha, Friend!

    Comfort Spiral


  2. What a beautiful shot of the universe you have shared with us. It makes our world seem so enticing, the blue of the sky the tree bark, the hint of leaf...lovely. And of course you are not a failure...not in anyone's universe!

  3. Anonymous12:35 AM

    beautiful healing thoughts..

    silence can be wonderful indeed..

  4. Again, a long time since I've been here....went back with quite a few...

    Awesome pictures, Sandy and i LOVE your writings always....sort of an instant connection happens :)


  5. Tell your guest to drop by my house. . . I am glad you had such a lovely experience. A true blessing!

  6. Splendid thoughts, I fully agree.
    The image is so charming!

  7. A beautiful sky with a dramatic looking tree in silhouette. Beautiful photo.
    Walking alone like that helps to recharge your batteries. I do it all the time.
    A lovely, soothing, healing post.

    Nuts in May

  8. very special post just you and god and nature a fine combination !!

  9. such lovely post, i enjoyed the solitude the words conveys and the image portrays.

    have a lovely weekend!


  10. Sandy, that is the most pleasant personal thought I have read in a very long time. It put a smile on my face and brought peace to my heart.
    You have an eloquent God given talent for putting pen to paper and a artistic eye with a camera.

    Happy Halloween, Thank you for the treat :)

  11. very beautiful Sandy...:)

    the pic and the write-up that followed.

    you know it's really good to be mesmerized with nature and enjoy the solitude it gives us.

    it's a way of trying to feel at least some sort of relief from the daily chaos we experience in life.

    nature tripping for me is a luxury...:)

    i love doing it, it gives me some kind of peace in myself.

    love it really Sandy!

    have a great weekend!

  12. Aaaahhhhhh those precious moments that we would like to keep forever.

  13. lovely quiet thoughts and a stunning photo-thanks for sharing a needed reminder for all of us to slow down and listen within.

  14. Very beautiful Apple trees are full of spirituality.

    Happy Halloween!

    Ghost, Goblins, Ghouls, Oh, My

  15. Sandy: Nature certainly is our blessing from God.

  16. Wonderful post. Silence is such a blessing.

    Have a great weekend.

  17. very touchy thought with sacred image..

  18. I just love walking in the woods. I can get totally lost in the present and very peaceful.

  19. What a beautiful post and lovely tree. I could sit under that tree for hours.

  20. It seems when I can find the time to go out into nature-the friend you mentioned is always waiting for me there.

  21. You've encapsulated the essence of quiet, and solitude perfectly here Sandy. And in a very beautiful, and uniquely Sandy-ish way that is so very much more than merely "adequate". You need never worry about being inadequate. I hope the quiet told you that... in its own way.

    If not, then I will.

  22. I know of what you speak Sandy. You've said it so well here. We all need to take time to quiet our mind and spirit.

  23. Beautiful, Sandy. It's always out there. We just have to quiet the voices in our thought long enough to notice.

  24. Lovely reminder for us all. Thank you ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,


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