You turn me on
I come to life
and give you all you need.
Turn me off
the spark is gone
nothing left to recede.
The last few days we’ve been hit with power outages. Strong winds have brought down trees and knocked out cables in many areas close to where I live.
Having no power meant it was a challenge to cook, as everything I had planned required electricity. But with a bit of ingenuity and flexibility – and no, I didn’t call for pizza – I was able to whip up a decent meal. By candlelight of course.
Earlier in the day I relished the sunshine outside. I took Lamborghini out to the back paddock and let her graze on long grass near our oak tree, a tree that was just a tiny plant in a pot when we moved in here years ago. Simple pleasures.
When the power was restored my son whooped in delight as he realised he wouldn’t miss out on watching his episode of Mr Robot. As for me, yes I was grateful but I have to admit, those few hours of absolute quiet were blissful. Not a hum of electricity or distraction was in the house, it was pure calm, peace and tranquility.
But then it happened again. While I was in the shower. Not so blissful this time.
Early this morning, with shampoo lathered in my hair, I was plunged into darkness. The water went cold and for what seemed a few heart stopping minutes all was frozen, literally, in my world.
It made me realise how often we take our simple needs for granted. A flick of a switch turns literally everything on. And strange as it may sound, it made me hanker for another camping trip.
Somehow, in nature, we need less. We make do with what we have. Granted in our camper now we have a comfortable bed and a small cooking area that allows us to hibernate if the weather turns feral. However, mostly we’re outside.
We cook over the coals, we sit around a campfire, disconnect from our phones and we connect with each other. We enjoy simple pleasures under starry skies and we wake to the sound of chattering birds. Watching the sun rise to a new day and saying goodbye to golden sunset skies shifts the focus to the bigger picture.
Yes, nature is inspiring but it can also be unforgiving.
Our strong winds and minor inconveniences are nothing compared to the devastation unleashed by Hurricane Matthew barrelling down in the State of Florida. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all my blogger friends and residents living there.
Stay safe everyone and be grateful for what you have for you never know when it will be taken away, even momentarily. And never forget to keep a torch in the bathroom!
Wishing you all safe days, peace, light and love.