Friday, June 9, 2017
I remember a long weekend early one summer, many years ago, when I was a university student and my parents were away for a long weekend and I was staying at their house looking after their pets.
I was starting a summer job on the Tuesday and I was thoroughly enjoying my three days of solitude and peace. My parents lived in the country and there were no neighbours nearby and no one was running a tractor or cutting wood. Just the sounds of nature.
On one of those sunny mild afternoons I was sitting on the back deck with the dogs and I experienced such a feeling of contentment and presence. I just wanted to stay there like that forever.
All through my life I have been most contented when I've been able to be by myself, somewhere peaceful, not trying to do or be anything or get anywhere. Just being.
Which is one reason I love retirement so much - it gives me many more opportunities for that kind of moment.