Stillness

by Renaissance Girl

I drove out to a job today — a house I clean in a nearby town. Traffic was terrible, and I had just been caught in an unpleasant conversation. I was half an hour later than I had planned and feeling frazzled. (This job is for a woman whose family asked me to clean for her, only she wants to do the cleaning herself.) I popped out of the car cheerfully and said “I’m here to clean” and was met with a chuckle and “oh no, there’s no need.”  After some further discussion, I could see I was not going to get cleaning done. She said to me, “well, you may as well have a glass of cold water while you’re here.”  I sat with her on the back deck of her home, overlooking the water, chatting about everything from birds to the Korean War. The water was perfectly calm and sparkling, amazingly there were no bugs. We sat for an hour. What a fascinating life she’d had. In the midst of the discussion she said, “you know, people just don’t know how to be still today.” About five minutes later, across the inlet, a deer came bounding out of the trees down a path to the water. She stood for a minute, then turned and leaped through the beach grass and out of sight. We both watched it go — the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in a while — and I thought about her words. How much we must miss as we tear around with lists to cross off and agendas to stick to. And there, on the back deck with a near stranger telling me her life story and nature itself saying “look at me,” I found a bit of stillness in my day.

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About Renaissance Girl

I moved to the Community with my family in 1988 when I was 10 - which gives away my current age! I am now a solemnly professed member - I work at Paraclete Press, the publishing arm of the Community and I love my job! I also sing in the choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, and am a member of Elements Theatre Company and Spirit of America Band. As a Docent for the Church of the Transfiguration, I get to discover new things about the church every time I share it with someone else. When I'm not doing one of those activities, I love to spend time with my dog or my "extended family". There's a lot of variety in my life which keeps me energized - and I'm learning how to be more in the moment so whether I'm at a rehearsal, or making dinner in the kitchen with 5 girls, they all get 100% of me!

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