Stolen Moments of Peace

AUTHOR: | POSTED: July 15, 2013 | COMMENTS: 6 Comments
CATEGORIES: Authentic Life, Blogging Honestly, Focusing on The Joy,

Carolyn Savage

Last night I hopped in our back yard pool for a moonlight swim.  It was very quiet at the time–the girls were in bed and the boys hadn’t returned yet from their evening run.  It was just me…which almost never happens.  The whole swim idea was a bit of an impulse.   I’d finished my regular Sunday night housekeeping, and was headed upstairs to put a mountain of laundry away when I walked past a window with a view of our pool.  Still in my swimsuit from the day, I vered off course, and without much thought found myself plunging into the water.

As I swam laps my first thoughts were consumed with guilt.  There were dozens of things that needed my attention—toys littered the playroom floor; ironing piled up  in my bedroom; a grocery list needed to be written.  All of these ‘to-dos’ were more important that swimming.

I swam anyways.

As I worked my way towards one end of the pool I noticed the willows gently blowing in the breeze.  Not wanting to take my eyes off of the peaceful site, I flipped onto my back tilting my head back in the water and stared at the sky.  Being dusk, the sky was lit up with bright crescent moon, and the last light of the day.  Only the brightest stars were visible so I fixed my eyes on one  and stopped my stroke to float.

There are very few moments in my life that are truly peaceful.  This was one of them.

I watched the star in the sky and concentrated on the only sound I could hear.  Breathing.

I immediately noticed the pattern of my breaths and concentrated on slowing them…quieting them  to a point of peace.

It was perfect.

I remained in that pool until I heard the boys return.  I watched from the water as they looked for me in the house, not wanting them to worry, but also not wanting them to find me.  Eventually they did, and I promised to resume regularly scheduled programming, but as I stepped out of the water, dropped my suit to the deck and wrapped myself in a towel, I convinced myself that those twenty minutes in the pool were more valuable than folded laundry, ironed shirts and an organized playroom. A stolen moment of peace has an upside that benefits my family more than the completion of my motherhood chores.

I’m going to steal another moment tonight.

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From our weekend…

The Savage Family reunion was this weekend.

The Savage Family reunion was this past weekend.

 

 

The afternoon started with a picturesque mass on the hill side.

The afternoon started with a picturesque mass on the hill side.

Cousins...on a hill...during mass.

Cousins…on a hill…during mass.

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Followed by dinner and fun for all ages...

Followed by dinner and fun for all ages…

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New friends...

New friends…

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Sunday we had a lazy afternoon at a friend’s cottage while Sean continues to slave away at work.

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I hope all of you will make a point to steal a moment of peace this week.

Happy Monday, friends.

6 Comments on “ Stolen Moments of Peace ”

  • Jesabes | July 15th, 2013 3:04 pm

    That sounds wonderful. Somehow I feel it won’t be the same if I try to replicate this in the plastic kiddie pool…

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  • Lori Lavender Luz | July 15th, 2013 5:10 pm

    Oooh, a perfect moment. I’ll try to remember to nudge you to link it up for Perfect Moment Monday on July 29.

    I’m so glad you took ome time for yourself, and also that you had time with everyone else.

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  • Brenda | July 15th, 2013 10:54 pm

    I am happy to hear that you took some “ME” time because you deserve it….I always enjoy reading about you and your family so much …. keep the stories and messages coming….

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  • Teri | July 16th, 2013 10:45 am

    Good for you Carolyn! We ALL need that guilt-free time to ourselves. We’re no good to others if we don’t take care of ourselves.

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  • m. | July 30th, 2013 12:51 pm

    oh wow, this takes me back. I grew up with a pool and those stolen evening swims were so delicious. And I was only escaping homework and chores. I can only imagine how great those breaths and those strokes felt to you. Do it again!

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