I'm starting this with no idea where I'm going. No idea where I'm beginning either except that it's here. Perhaps you could say it's a stream of consciousness thing, but I'd hesitate to call it that, not entirely at any rate.
I'm listening to this powerful piece of music as I write this. It's Joss Stone allowing Jeff Beck to accompany her on There's no other Me. Has that girl got a voice! The bass guitar is something awesome too. Yeah, powerful, searing stuff. No., not the bass but the whole composition. I've only recently (in the last couple of years) discovered Jeff Beck and I love his style. He can come play at my party any time :)
But really, before thinking to tell you about the music I was listening to, I wanted to tell you about this simply soft, lush canopy of green that's spread wide across my view from the window where I'm sitting and typing this. It's the time of early evening, not long before six, when the sky is turning that dusky blue and there's just enough light to show you how green the leaves on the sprawling branches of this tree (whose name I still do not know nor seriously care to know) can be.
So you might ask why might any of this be noteworthy. Why, furthermore, would I want to share it with you? Well, for one thing, this is probably the most enchanting time of the day for me. For another, the green is just so rich and fertile and promising and beguiling. I don't know why, it just is to me. And I am filled with this deep sense of beauty and enchantment, as if I were in a world of magic and nothing matters at all.
By the time you read this, the feelings will probably have left me and in all honesty, I rather doubt that you could even begin to get a taste of what I'm on about as I don't think I've been able to express or describe anything terribly well. But, for some reason, I have a desire to share this and hope, in some vague way, that it might remind you of beautiful, tender moments of being lost in some kind of magic.
I've been reading a book by Neale Donald Walsh called 'Happier than God I recommend it if you want to understand how things work and how you can be happy. So simply put although there are profound truths which may require you to pause and read them over and reflect on them.
I went to visit my friend, L, today. She's going to New Zealand for a holiday tomorrow, for seventeen days. I helped her get her things together in her suitcase and carry-on bag. She didn't really need my help. It was more the reassurance of my being with her before she left that I think mattered.
We exchanged gifts, neither of us knowing that we were going to. I'd got her a sea-blue scarf with silver threads through it and a blue, glass-like bracelet to go with it. I wanted her to have something from me on her trip. She loved them at once. And then, she presented me with a couple of gifts - a scarf she'd knitted ages ago and had forgotten about (actually there were four of them) and a desk lamp that I'd been eying to use by my laptop instead of the overhead l light that I currently use. Of course I was thrilled with both.
I treasure my time with L. She's a cool cucumber. Sharp as a tack and ripe with life.
So, I took the bus home. Two buses actually. I no longer have a car. It needed new brakes and it was going to cost more than I could afford and I was becoming less and less enthusiastic about using a car. So, finally, I got the wreckers to come and collect her. It took me several months to come to that decision. Interesting how the inevitable plays itself out...
Gosh, I don't suppose I've said anything of much substance here. Nothing for you to chew on, to ponder, to pick a bone with. But it's satisfied a need in me, an abstract sort of a need. Have you had any 'abstract' needs of late? Care to share them? Or at least, to share how you satisfied them? I'm all ears. I mean, all eyes :)