Still 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?’