Soft Landing ~ Steven Mitchell
It's late. I've been outside sitting beneath moon-shine and drinking cool crisp Portuguese wine. Barely a stir of air, but when it does pass by, it feels like the touch of a lover.
I've been reviewing my day like a slide show. A good day. A 6am run on the track by the river...goose down from all the nests at the river floating like the lightest of snow. Some pressing projects accomplished. Good news in the mail. Good music. Good conversations with friends all over the world. My father asking for help. A good day.
A voice on the phone. A dear beloved friend with news about her health. Listening carefully, looking up facts on the computer while she speaks the dreaded words, gathering data, asking questions. No emotion, non-human mode in full gear.
Then, I remembered a quote that I heard earlier today by Paulo Coelho . "Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant." And, in an instant, humanity came rushing back to me. I realized how much truth there is to that statement. Despite the fragility of life, we are at our finest in the worst of times. Life is at its most powerful when we are fighting for it. Every thought, every action, every single leaf on a tree is magnified and clearer during crisis.
My friend will read this, I know. I'm worried, scared and angry. She also knows how fierce I am, how I fight, how I protect. She will know that she is not alone. A good day after all.
Life always waits.....we just have to catch up to it.