“Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel for example-I mean without looking for something beyond and above living, I mean living must be your whole occupation.” Nazim Hikmet
I took the opportunity to pack my car, like a squirrel gathering nuts for winter, and headed to the Florida beach. Never spending time there before, I was counting on my family to direct me to a safe place to land, and they did, right in their spare bedroom. The gift of the squirrel is to prepare, and then fully trust its environment. I wasn’t certain what to prepare for, but knew I needed warmth for my arm to heal. The rest ended up being such a beautiful environment of love, and my family became true “cheers” kind of friends! Special thanks to Angie and Phil.
Once we can let go of the future and stay completely present to the moment we are actually living, we really are giving life our full and undivided attention. Work kept blowing up my phone, and finally I had to succumb to the reality cell phones do not work on islands. After the scary drive over the water, twice, to reach the island, I became mesmerized by the beauty of nature, shared only with seagulls.
Silence is an amazing leveler of what really matters most, and that is to be present to the gift of squirrels, sea green of the ocean, sky ever so blue, orange and yellow, and the promise of the stars in the deep blue-black sky that follows the sunset. So, prepare yourself this winter, like the squirrel, and enjoy the silence winter can bring. And if you are fortunate to live in a place called heaven, like Florida, then continue to relish your sunsets that quiet the soul.