“You come home, make some tea, sit down in your armchair, and all around there’s silence. Everyone decides for themselves whether that’s loneliness or freedom.”

Christina Marie Setzer

I came across this quote a few years ago and it has stuck with me. In fact, I find myself returning to it all the time. With kids making another run out of the nest , the peace and quiet and free time I craved for so long is upon me.  And yet, as much as I love some good solo time, I can occasionally feel the burden of boredom. When I do, I think of this quote, and remember it really is just a matter of shifting my focus. I mean free time! To create, read, watch, write, nap, cook, clean up my messy life. How can I think of this as a liability when, in fact, it’s chalk full of possibility?

Thankful for a good summer thunderstorm this afternoon, and some downtime on a screened porch with a cup of tea. And then just for the heck of it, I went back to the beach for an evening dip, followed by a bath when I got home. Check Check check on a day I woulda thought being at the beach was a wash. I guess it’s like the quote says, life’s what you make it, especially in a storm.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Katie

    Beautiful piece today! Loved the quote and how you tied it all together! Bravo!!!

  2. Jen Pen

    Loved watching the storm yesterday!

  3. elizabeth

    Love this! XO

  4. MArina Carney

    another winner!

    1. Julie

      Not a drop of rain in sight yet still “weathering the storms” — early hurricane east, raging heat/fires west, dueling hurricanes south, derecho’s aftermath midwest…all coupled with pandemic on every coast. Free?! Hardly. Lonely? At times. Vulnerable? Absolutely. Mother Earth is raging mad. Choice? Yes. The choice to connect to inner and outer peace with self and community. The choice to bring hope and resources to those in need. The choice to help Mother Earth heal. The choice to rid loneliness and regain freedom. So I’m heeding the call: donning the mask, widening the umbrella and diving right in. No time like the present to help oneself and others “weather these storms.” Grateful for community….for choice…for freedom. Grateful for Elinor’s inspiration to forge ahead in challenging times!

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