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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

In the Thick of It


Yesterday morning was thick, silent, as I lifted the blankets from my body and sat up to take in the density of white that had settled upon our woods through the night. The sun made a brief appearance, and then rain, sleet, and a wintery mix as they like to call it up here. Then all was gray and placid for a while. Several hours later, just before evening, I heard the wind shout; gusting with furious energy. It demanded I stop what I was doing and turn to look over my shoulder out the window. Flurries like feathers from a pillow slashed then released were dancing wildly in every direction; until for several moments all was white motion.

I think about what it means to be “in the thick of it.” It could mean the fury or it could mean the silence or perhaps the spaces in between.

25 comments:

  1. I am right there with you. Do not ever remember such beauty and my mind ever thinking of Spring being so constant. Stay warm. Image is beautiful....

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  2. Such beauty in this picture and in your words. Today I am still in the thick of the pain so I am breathing through it in an effort to not panic. Your words help me to do this. Thank you. ((((Laura))))

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  3. I loved this! In the south it is rare we have this seasonal beauty...but your essay said it all to me. made me feel like 'in the thick of it'....

    Lady Nyo

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  4. Hey Laura,
    I've heard the term "in the thick of it" for years, and I'm sure the literal meaning has nothing to do with pudding...BUT, what I equate to being "in the thick of it" is a feeling of walking through pudding, LOL. I'm in it, everything slows down; there's resistance and it takes effort to do things that should be a normal part of a person's life. Time seems to slow down too, and my mind fogs up. Not a pretty picture, but sometimes that's just how it is. Probably similar to walking through snow, but since I'm a Florida girl I wouldn't know about that :)

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  5. Gorgeous writing. I loved how you tied in the "furious energy" with the "pillow slashed" ... actually, this phrase is incredible . . . "Flurries like feathers from a pillow slashed then released were dancing wildly in every direction". I adore how you SEE. _/\_

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  6. Very descriptive... you made me see what you were seeing.

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  7. Beautiful picture and beautiful reflections, Laura. Thank you so much. I said this before but I start my West Coast day with your posts and they always lift my mood and spirit.

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  8. Sometimes it feels like we are the eye of the storm and life whirls around us and sometimes we are right in there, being tossed about.
    Beautiful post, Laura.

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  9. I like the things you think about. beautiful image too. stay warm.

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  10. We had similar wetaher onMonday night, then some snow yesterday before the wind picked up and it's still blowing quite a bit today! I love your photo of the trees, they're always so lovely with fresh snow on them, aren't they?

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  11. Well said.
    Thick of it, indeed...
    That is so my mantra today!
    Thanks for being a mirror!
    Love love love

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  12. being in the thick of it..i like to think of it as the spaces in between...absolutely loved this line..for several moments all was white motion...

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  13. Still is a beautiful photo, Laura if we could just sit inside the house and look out!

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  14. I can imagine it .... And snow like that is really very thick. "in the thick of it" has more depth of meaning, I think, than "in the thin of it" would.

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  15. Today was the 5th snow/ice/no school day in Dallas, TX in a week - a very big deal and unlikely happening here in Dallas. I relished perhaps the last day like this of 2011 by mediating and writing in my journal while looking out my bedrooms window over the snow and ice this morning.

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  16. I like being in the spaces in between - meditative silence where Divinity resides. Lovely writing Laura.

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  17. Laura, beautiful words.
    I have been busy over here as you know, but I want to thank you for keeping tabs and all your sweet comments.
    I am thinking of you and hope you are doing well. With all my heart, Beaux

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  18. Dear Laura, you said so beautifully what I feel at all times.
    I love to turn something seemingly negative and long to enjoy the other side of it, the fact that it makes me marvel at the strength of nature or just realize that there is purpose in every kind of weather, if we only look. And likewise in anything else we encounter.;)
    Lovely writing and image, hope you will have a lovely day,
    xoxo

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  19. this is beautiful !!!...reallly really fantastic.

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  20. wonderful writing Laura
    vivid imagery

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  21. Your post reminded me of this Rumi quote...

    "Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field; I'll meet you there." Rumi

    Love the sentence that starts with "Flurries like feathers..."

    :)

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