Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Moonlit Morning or Reflections on Reflecting

Through sleepy, dream-fogged eyelids I felt something beckoning me to rise from my restful slumber as I tried my hardest to resist.  Nestled cozily underneath my covers the last thing I wanted to do was open my eyes.  Lately, sleep is the only respite I receive against the frustrations that sometimes fill my waking hours, and I get a bit grumpy when I am woken up before I am ready to face the day.  But on this particular morning, the brightness which was infiltrating my dreams shone relentlessly and I was forced to squint, little by little, towards the light.  There it was, enticing me out of my darkness, and there I was hopping from my warm bed onto the cold ceramic tile searching for my camera before I even realized what I was doing.  I glanced at the clock.  Six a.m.  Daylight was barely beginning to break, yet there was the persistent full moon holding its position in the sky.  It was almost as if the moon was refusing to relinquish its spot, holding fast to its ownership of the heavens.  I opened the door to our bedroom deck and stepped outside into the cool morning air.  There is something about being part of a day that is just waking up that brings hope to my soul.  Something about knowing that today can be a better day that allows me to wonder about the possibilities.  Maybe this will be the day that certain people in my life will come to their senses.  Maybe this is the day in which all of the planets(however many there are now) will align properly and I will be allowed to see my beloved brothers children again.  Or maybe this will be the day when my restless soul will find some serenity and everything will be as it should be.  On this moon-filled morning, I am in awe of the idea that night can be day and day can be night.  It reminds me that if something isn't right with the story, there is still a way to turn that which feels impossible into possible.  And so, I begin doing my best to preserve this moment in time.  To capture its beauty, to capture its message.
The sky begins to change and swirls of colorful clouds begin to wisp their way across the horizon as the moon politely fades into the background.  The sun takes its rightful position in the sky and day now begins.

Later in the day a lone seagull wades serenely along the shoreline.  The water mirrors its image beneath.  As I observe him, his double-image reminds me that our stories can take different paths depending upon how we choose to act or react.  If we aren't happy with how the story is going, we have the choice to change it.  We have been given the innate power of free-will and in that power, we can decide what we will do in order to change the ending.  Will we peek out at the morning moon and then close our eyes against it, or will we open our soul to the message and then take it into our heart?  Will we ignore our images as they are reflected back to us, or will we observe that image, take it in and use it to learn and grow and change?

May you open your eyes to the possibility of each new day and may you find a way to remind yourself that if you aren't satisfied with how your tale is evolving, you have the power to make changes.  May you trust your own intuition so that you can confidently co-write the story of your life.


Ness said...

Beautiful pictures and all the more so because of what you had to go through(rising out of your warm next and onto the cold floor)to take them.

Sleep is my only peaceful escape at the moment. I've had to call a moratorium on the world and shut down and just be.

Thanks for sharing the pics. I'll reflect on them in my mind as I submit to Ambien CR-induced sleep in a few. Love ya.

Catherine Holman said...

I love the silence of the early morning hours. Your pictures and your words are beautiful!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

wonderful photos and fantastic sentiment! so true :)

Sylvie Van Hulle said...

I also love the morning! I recognize that feeling of being part the wakening of the day brings hope and new possibilities.
Beautifully written! I really love your posts, they inspire me.
And I also love seagulls. This year I've painted them a lot.

It's true we have always the choice in life. But often it's just a case of changing perception. Like my job, sometimes I feel like I'm wasting my time there, but other days I'm grateful for it, and I try to see the positive side of it.

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

I'm envious that sleep brings you peace. If I don't take Ambien, I'd never sleep. And even with it, I don't think my body is ever truly settled.

Love the moon pic. It's simple image really does bring clarity. I'm glad it woke you up and helped you think about things differently.

(couldn't sign off without telling you that I take umbrage with your use of the phrase "cold ceramic tile." Unless you are waking up in Maine and it's 16 degrees outside, you do NOT get to say your tiles are cold!) :)


jojo said...

there is something about the moom holding it's own that gives me strength and hope...enjoy your day Deb and thanks for getting out of bed to share with us!

Lorrie Veasey said...

It's good to be reminded who is driving the bus--or co-piloting the plane.

Just the 2 of Us said...

I've always loved the moon. And thanks for the reminder that each new day is new and the possibilities that wait are endless.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

an inspiring and beautiful reminder of all that is possible in the day! xoxo

Irene Latham said...

Reminds me of this great quote: Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself.
And you know, that's the beauty of it. We can make our stories whatever we want them to be.

Kathleen said...

I know exactly what you mean about sleep. I love to snuggle down into my cozy bed and covers! It is such a retreat. I take a pile of books and an old black and white movie. Yes, I am boring! But the moon always seems to waken me. She beckons and I answer. My youngest and I used to have a "Full Moon Ritual" we would practice in the middle of the night. Now we just get up and bask in her glorious light. Sending you warm wishes on moon beams!

afiori said...

Your writing is as beautiful as it is important. Great photos as well!!

About my 8 things - I worried I just sounded mean so I'm glad I didn't come off that way. Thanks for your lovely comment!

Debbie said...

I need to make your blog my first stop on a hectic day. You are so inspirational. What is your secret?

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