If you have time, come away with me now to the top of the hill at the back of the house. We can climb the rough stone path between the lichen stitched rocks, chasing the very edge of the day, up onto Frithard, the height of the deer park. From here we can see the world laid out beneath our feet, and we can taste the salty breath of the ocean. We can pause and rest a while, and watch as the day slips away behind the mountains, leaving traces and smudges of light in his wake.
If you have the time, we can sit here a while, watching the shifting patterns of light within the clouds and on the water. We can chose to watch the colours of the setting sun bleed into the drifting clouds, and to hear the silence of the empty waves. We can notice the soft breeze across our skin, growing cooler with the fading light, lifting the lips of little rippling waves. We can feel our own warm breath sliding softly out of our bodies and into the sparkling air around us. So many sensations can fill our minds and our bodies in this small short moment of time, and yet in the fullness comes a deep peace and a stillness.
But only if you have the time…..otherwise you may have countless unfinished tasks on your ‘to do’ list which just cannot wait a moment longer. You may have countless chores crying out loudly to your conscience to be done. Your head may in fact be so full of things to do, keeping you so busy, that you couldn’t possibly squeeze in another thing. That would indeed be a shame, as this beautiful play of light, sparkle and shadow will never be repeated again. Never again will this exact blend of beauty and colour move across this stretch of water, with the wind just as it is now, over these exact tides, with the sun setting at just this angle. So stunningly beautiful it takes my breath away to a place of utter bliss, just thinking of it now. So I urge to leave those dishes unwashed and that floor unswep, those clothes un-ironed, just for a little while, and jump fulheartedly into the beauty of this moment. Run away with me to the top of the hill, and enjoy the release and joy of living fully in the moment. Everything else can wait, there will always be another time to sweep that floor, but never another time for living this moment of our ever passing life, and bathing in the fleeting shifting beauty of our world.