Finding Serenity


Serenity is not freedom from the storm, but peace amid the storm.

I remember as a young girl coming to understand the feeling of serenity.¬† It happened while I was sitting by the dock of the bay (thank you Otis) watching the sunset, after a full day of¬†frolicking in the hot sun.¬† It was a magical feeling that came upon me unexpectedly¬†as I watched in awe¬†the magnificent colors of the sky¬†intermingle over the horizon line.¬† It was as if I was seeing the sun disappear¬†for the very first time.¬† A feeling of tranquility came over me¬†that is often difficult to acquire in the hurriedness of life’s demands.

As life went on, and troubles came and went, I believed that serenity was something that could only be¬†achieved when by the water, at sunset.¬† When troubled, I would try to imagine that day so long ago when I sat on the dock¬†in reverence¬†of the sun disappearing¬†over the western horizon.¬†¬†I would long for¬† the serenity found in times when¬†I had the opportunity to wander along beaches. ¬†I would¬†imagine¬†the peace I felt¬† when¬†riding in my father’s boat, the wind¬†against my face.

Recently, I have realized¬†that I¬†don’t have to be by water at sunset to find serenity.¬† It is right here in my own back yard.¬† However, I¬†have to take the time to look for it.¬† It cannot be found in busyness.¬† It requires turning things off like the television, computer, and cell phone.¬† It¬†demands finding a quiet place to either sit and relax, or maybe take a quiet stroll.¬† It¬†means listening to nothing but my¬†own thoughts, and maybe the birds chirping or the squirrels chattering.¬† It¬†calls for¬†peacefully watching as the sun filters down and sheds it’s light over trees, plants, and flowers.

I have found my serenity in slowing down and taking in nature’s beauty that is all around me.¬† I have found a passion in trying to capture how the sun falls on the flowers leaving darks and lights, shadows and highlights.¬† I look forward to the day when I can visit the bay and amaze at the way the light from the sun dances on the water.¬† But for now, I will content myself with enjoying my serenity in my own back yard.

Have you found your serenity?