13 October 2010
Less alone by myself
I've realized a couple of times in the last few weeks something which I'd kind of forgotten or hadn't thought of in these terms. As I've needed space and time away to just be with my thoughts, without distractions or the pressure to be upbeat when I'm having a tough day, or the reminders of how newly different I am from people close to me, or of recent losses, I've retreated a few times to natural settings away from the expectations, observations, and contrasts of other humans. And in those moments of contrast, under the silent, star-filled sky at the mouth of a canyon in Provo near dawn, or enveloped in the serene sound of gentle rain on a small lake surrounded by trees in the Seattle area at dusk, I've felt less alone all by myself, surrounded by nature.