tranquility: a state of being free from agitation of mind or spirit, disturbance or turmoil
Tranquility is a place I really enjoy being these days. Between school/work, the uprooting of our life to move into a new house at the end of March, Josh's journey with a possible new job, and the every day experiences of newlyweds, my mind and spirit are often in a state of agitation, disturbance and turmoil.
I am learning to cherish the moments and places I can find tranquility in life and see the many blessings I have been given.
If I am caught up on grading, lesson plans are done, and I am completely prepared for a day of teaching young minds, I like to take a few minutes at my desk and take in my surroundings. The experiences of teaching are unlike any other and I can often find calm in the raging storm called education when I realize I have found my true calling and I love almost every second of my day.
We rarely set alarms on weekend mornings. And even though we both usually wake up early by habit, it is nice knowing we could sleep in if we wanted. If one of us is up before the other, we do stuff around the house, watch TV, read, do homework or whatever, but sometimes we wake up around the same time. On those occasions, it is nice to lay in bed and talk or just be together with nothing pressing us. It is one of the most tranquil times and I hope for it to happen at least once a weekend.
I could go on and on with ways to I find tranquility-taking a shower/bath, driving, watching a good movie, reading a good book, dinner with friends, weekend lunches with my husband...but the point is tranquility is a blessing. It must be welcomed, cherishes, and created when necessary. I am learning tranquility can come in even the worst situations if I just allow it to enter my mind. While we journey through our move, maybe a new job, starting my Master's in the fall, Josh continuing school and those lovely daily life lessons I know tranquility will be there if I allow for it.
On a last note, we have had crazy weather and while snow storms are usually a lot of hype in this town, a simple dusting or less, last Tuesday we had a monster storm that started as rain and ended up snowing almost four inches in a matter of hours. Everyone was amped up about a possible snow day and how bad the roads would be and all the hoopla that comes with a storm. I took a moment to admire the storm. This pictures makes me thing of many things. Peace during a war. Calm during a storm. Love during a fight. Tranquility during the turmoil of life.