catching up

October 6

Routines have got to go. On vacation I can no longer get out of bed and walk, as though on autopilot, to turn the coffee maker on and sit down to my daily readings and meditation. I will have to adapt. But what wonderful adaptations! Someone else makes my coffee. I can read to my heart’s content, not worried about chores. The fresh air and dazzling scenery slip by and I am not in control. I wonder what my life would be like if I lived with that realization every day. In reality, there is so little I actually control.

Sucia Island

Sucia Island

October 7

We awoke this morning to paddle in the fog—in silence. Stopping often to let the currents carry us through kelp forests, we floated close to birds resting on the beds. It was, in a way, symbolic of what I hope to learn this month: to let go of attachments and go with the flow. The image will stay with me for a long time.

near Spencer Spit on Lopez

near Spencer Spit on Lopez

About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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