This is the view that greeted my sleepy self this morning as I dragged myself to work at quarter past seven this morning. I took a picture with my camera phone  and posted it onto my Facebook page. It  was soon followed  by a comment from an old Church acquaintance –

“I’ve just been sitting, watching this fade away. Beautiful! x”

It made me think – I never stopped to enjoy it even though I took the picture!

Instead – I just shuffled my way to the Tube station – sat on the Tube from East London to Hounslow and sat in a three hour meeting, completing missing natures gift. It seems wasteful,  especially in the light of the constant horror that is parts of our world now.

It reminded me of the poem, Leisure by William Henry Davies.


William Henry Davies

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare?
No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

It’s funny – I somehow thought in that in the past year that I had tried to improve my work life balance. I am not sure that I have completely achieved this. I have been lucky/blessed to spend  time with my lovely companion, which gives me a sense of peace that I have not had in a long time, a peace that makes me forget the rest of the world. We have had two wonderful holidays this year with many beautiful memories.
However in my own everyday existence, when I am floating about on my own – I am not sure that  I have harmony. I am not sure that I always have that peace.  In the past month,  I seem to have been running from place to place and never really looking around me. In the mornings I am too tired to stop and stare, my focus is getting washed, dressed, making my packed lunch and getting to the Tube station on time. In the evening I am rushing to escape the cold, wind and rain and I fall into an exhausted heap on my sofa. Maybe it’s the time the year…?
So what am I going to do?
Get up a bit early – eat my breakfast (yes I have been eating breakfast consistent everyday now!) sitting by the window in the living room and watch the sunrise.
That at least will be a start…

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