February 10, 2013

North Cairn: In serious storm mode and loving it

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I envy that simplicity, that bliss.

Things have reached mach speed in my life, and in the daily existence of every single person I know. We are too busy from our own devices -- and by that I do mean technology, not design, though either may apply. I have lived without television for more than a decade, always catching up a little bit late on the proven entertainment choices of a season gone by. I use libraries for books and films and music -- and a nook is a place in which I hide for privacy to read or write, think or dream.

I have lived a whole lifetime trying to unlearn hurry. If I had a little more money, I tell myself, maybe I would slow down some. But the truth is I would probably do better at pacing myself if I had a little less -- money, obligations, phones, computers, time.

But for this moment I know I am in eternity, while the snow goes on and on, the cloud of steam from my coffee cup rises like a welcome mist, the dog snores like a metronome, a single chickadee calls from beyond the door, and I stay right here, with nowhere to go and all the world -- and life and love -- before me.

North Cairn can be contacted at 791-6325 or at:

ncairn@pressherald.com

 

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