It did not rain more than a momentary sprinkle. Not enough to chase me inside. The rain has been a good excuse to keep me in line, to slow me down when there is so much to do, so much I want to do. No rain means no excuse, no slowing down outside, no catching up on work inside.
The papers on the desk pile up. Some may remain buried until November when our season is complete once again. Today, the dishes may get left again. They won’t go anywhere. I suppose if I wait too long they may up and walk away. In times like this I understand why many a modern household have a dishwasher. In my household, we learn to decide what’s most important, and make our simple sacrifices. For the three of us, outside work usually wins out over housekeeping.
Cleaning is a regular, necessary and important, though not very glamorous, part of our job. Cleaning the guest cabins. And I do take great pride in that work. It is one of the most important ways we have made our guests see so clearly (so cleanly!) how important they are and how much we care about them. I just have to keep it in line, limit the doses, and alternate the cabin cleaning with the outside jobs. We learn the balance and stick with it best we can. Usually…
My time in nature is more limited now than any other time of the year with these circumstances. Yet, it surrounds me. The magnificent view is forever present. But a pretty view is not much more to me than a great painting on the wall. A vision before me. I need to be out there. To feel it. To be in it. To breath it. Even out there with my eyes closed, being there matters more to me than simply seeing what appears before me.
I recall years of being in a city, a big city, and still finding a quiet place to sit, to feel the setting sun on my face, and listen to the water, if only the lapping of the tide against the piers. I could go there and sit in my own silence and block out the sounds of the surrounding world and still find that peace within. I would know when it was time to get out there, get away, be alone, be in this little sliver of nature which may have been all I could find back then.
But I believe it is everywhere. It can be found anywhere. If we need it, it is there for those who step outside, walk away from the view and step into the picture.