With the cool mist of an early August morning breaking the sleepy grip of my night’s rest, I see my world in my yard and understand that it’s a good place to be. As the sun begins to crack through the tree tops to my east, a sense of possibility and potential shines on the swing set sitting quietly on my lawn. An empty swing with rusty chains and a dew-covered seat is a good reminder that I have much. I have important things.
Drinking my coffee, gazing at the dry grass and flowers in bloom, I take stock of my life. As my dogs wander through the yard, peeing of every shrub and fixture, I only feel the good things this morning. The worries of bedtime and stresses of yesterday have been erased and replaced with a new dawn. It’s fun when this happens: a simple moment of peace and contentment.
While waiting for my coffee to brew, I stood in my living room looking out the window at water and trees and sun-capped mountains. My daughter slept on the couch and I looked at her, too. Snuggled in her favorite purple blanket, her sleepy peace was reassuring. She’s getting too big for the little couch she was sleeping on, but her face in slumber was as it has always been. And it has always brought me comfort.
Through the hustle and bustle of the business of life, these moments are sometimes hard to shake from the tree. Distractions distract and urgency is urgent. With much to do, plan, think and be, it’s easy to miss a morning of profound and necessary quiet. It’s important at these times to surrender. To let go and just let the good feelings be. In the race to arrive at a “better” place, these mornings are easy to miss, but when we don’t miss them, we see that they are the “better” place and we already live here. This is worthy of some regard…
[EDITOR'S NOTE:"Feel Good Friday" is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, who just published his first book called "A Feel Good Life" (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also extols to all neighbors: "Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!" Also, you can "friend" Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland CrossFit!]