Two Weeks

My Dad took this picture of me a while ago on a necessary walk break along Riverside Drive. The need to pause and perch is positive because the very act compels us into stillness, reflection and gratitude. That day it was for the sunshine, the view across the Hudson and the presence of my father.
I have found cause to pause often over the past few months. This stage of cystic fibrosis means often the mind races as the body struggles to stay in natural sync. One organ being out of sorts teases another and so breathless lungs can lead to an elevated heart rate which perpetuates a hurried mind. The simple answer is to pause, perch and take in whatever is possible. The breath or the view or whatever allows a pathway to a deeper connection to the moment. Sometimes this line from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar comes to mind: “I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”

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