Photo Credit: Angie McMonigal Photography

We sat.  And we listened.

We listened to the wind whistling through the tall grasses. We listened to the waves, softly lapping against the water’s edge. We listened to the birds singing in the distance, talking to each other in melodious chirps and tweets.

We sat.  And we felt.

We felt the morning sun warming our face. We felt the dock, on which we were seated, slowly rise and fall in a rhythmic cadence. We felt out fingers intertwined, one thumb gently caressing the back side of the other hand.

We sat.  And we saw.

We saw a small fishing boat on the horizon.  We saw the reflection of the trees in the water, swirled and twisted as if looking into a circus funhouse mirror. We saw small minnows shimmying through the murky, russet-colored water.

We sat. And we forgot.

We forgot about the deadlines. We forgot about the bills.  We forgot about the chores, the errands, the to-dos.

We forgot about the demands, requests, complaints.  We forgot about the unfulfilled expectations, the imaginary deficiencies, the assumed weaknesses. We forgot about the arguments, the disappointments, the annoyances.

We sat. And for a moment – just a moment – we listened with an open mind, we felt with a whole heart, we saw with unclouded eyes, and we forgot the insignificant. Everything was clear. Inexplicably crystal clear.

And then the phone rings, a co-worker walks into our office, or the children scream their demands.  And we are awakened from our peaceful reverie.

Here’s to wishing you a moment of serenity amidst your chaotic, messy reality.

This post is part of the weekly Photo Inspiration Challenge.  Special thanks to Angie McMonigal Photography for her fabulous photos.  Make sure to visit her website or facebook page.



  1. I guess ultimately the phone will ring no matter what. Great creativity around the photo – the first thing to my mind wasn’t serenity.

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