By the Waters of Central Park We Sat Down

6A9B9A5E-AE93-43E5-B960-ECE1583E4E85Still waters in Central Park, October 2018


From the Still Point to Still Waters in less than a fortnight! We’ve just spent a week visiting family in New York. Here’s a picture from our first day out: after yet another unsuccessful attempt to visit the Planetarium, we decided to take refuge in Central Park and explore a bit, as apart from walking the length of it last time to reach St John the Divine (and is it Divine!), we’d not visited the Park properly since our daughter was in college in NYC nearly eleven years ago.

Alas! DH’s bad knee and the promised rain put a dampener on our plans. I was impressed by the accuracy of the forecast; it was right almost to the hour. Talk about bucketing it down! Il pleut des cordes, as they say in France. But not before we managed to find a quiet spot by the waters where we could read (DH) and enjoy the quiet (myself).

I’ve been wondering about where to find suitable Central Park-linked quotations to go with the scene. So far, I’ve not found any that speak to me. Instead, I’m put in mind  of that much quoted reflection by Frederick Buechner, Listen to Your Life:

Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.

Have you found an oasis of quiet in amongst the bustle of the big city? Where are your  favourite ‘listening places?’








6 thoughts on “By the Waters of Central Park We Sat Down”

  1. Great quote! I love finding quiet parks (when it’s not raining) for a few minutes of contemplation, altho must confess to getting distracted when roses are in bloom! Working in big cities previously, I also found a quiet church chapel a great place to dial up grace for the day. Blessings on your trip!! ????☔️☀️☔️????

  2. The oasis of calm that I used to love were the gardens behind the Bluecoat Chambers in Liverpool. They used to be thoroughly secret and overgrown and charming. Now they have been cleared up and tidied and paved…Still lovely but not quite as charming as they used to be Before: and after:


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