Thursday, February 16, 2012

a reminder at midnight

the sight of my eyebrows in the bathroom mirror confirmed it.

the neat arches had given way to furry little blobs spawning renegade hairs, teetering dangerously on the verge of joining in the space above my nose.

the week after a vacation is always difficult. a delicate balance of catching up on sleep in one's own bed (one of life's greatest simple pleasures, i've determined), and fulfilling work and school duties that blissfully, momentarily fell by the wayside, replaced with sea salt, chicken tacos and late night movies.

it was midnight before i slipped into bed last night, and my eyes still held beneath them the glow of a computer screen. that little floating light that buries under the eyelids and sits stagnant, disrupting sleep like a full moon outside the window.

i shut the laptop, turned off every light in every nearby room, and showered in the dark. and as i breathed into the water and heat, my mind, muddled with terms and deadlines and obligations and dates, cleared for one second to allow me one conscious, concrete thought:

i am one person and this is one day.

it's just one. i won't solve anything alone and this day does not stand alone. there's only so much time and space one person can fill. it's the great ambition of our lives, to make the most of every day. to rise early and sink into the covers late, to get to the end of our days and say, i put everything i could into those hours. but perhaps a greater ambition is to let a few hours go by unattended. to sit on a porch swing. eat a frosty in the living room. listen to an entire CD. take a bath at two in the afternoon with the sun high above you like a spotlight.

together, we are incredible creatures, capable of wonderful things. but we're also one. sometimes that's enough. enough for today, enough for now.

10 comments:

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I adore every word you type. every thought so wonderfully expressed. What an old and wise soul you are.

Tiffany said...

Oh my gosh, the line "I am one person, this is one day" is going to be my new mantra! Seriously--this is perfect and something I SO needed to hear!

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

ruthy ann said...

Yes...more and more I am having those moments of "rest" each day instead of blowing through the day with my to-do list. Which reminds me...a porch swing sounds just lovely.

ginanorma said...

Oh yes thank you!! I am counting on your last 2 little paragraphs,
what a blessing to read this this morn.

Meagan :: Mo Pie, Please said...

As per usual, this post is beautiful.

Ana Magdalena said...

The last sentence is going to be my new mantra. Thank you :)

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

You, my friend, are wise beyond your years. I really love that about ya. ;)

McKinley {Haolepinos} said...

This is perfect! I love your brain!! ahhaha You write so poetically.

charla beth said...

this.
was just.
wonderful.

i've had the kind of week where i desperately needed this truth. thank you, dear friend.

Emily said...

A gorgeous post and an important reminder... I am one person and this is one day - I love that.

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