August Update

Summer…it is visible in the air today with its warm humidity; the overcast sky says that rain is not long away. It was a record-breakingly cool and dry July, so perhaps we catch up now that it’s August. Personally, it’s been an interesting summer…especially July; I got a job, but have not been able to start it, due to a government form that been waiting to be signed. In two days, it will have been six months exactly from the end of my last job…a record for me in terms of not being employed.

Bell in a Forest Glade
Bell in a Forest Glade

I also moved, late in June, from the apartment I had in Bethesda. I have no regrets, but fulfilling a lease without a job was done, though at times required created methods. A friend offered me a vacant house in the southern part of Maryland…almost exactly on the opposite side of DC, but still commutable to my new job and a nice piece of property on three acres…quite a change from a one-bedroom apartment in the city. It’s also been a time for re-evaluation of all that I’ve been doing.

With every physical move, I clean out some of the accumulation of the past and make decisions that only a move seems to motivate. Having spent the better part of July in this new home, I come to realize that I prefer a house to an apartment and enjoy the relative quiet of the “country life”…though I’m on the flight path to Andrews AFB, so there are very definite breaks in that silence, though not like being close to a regular airport.

If I have any regrets, it would be that it’s taken me far too long to do some of the heavy-duty kind of self-evaluations that comes with entering this stage of mortal life. But, even then, I’m grateful that I’ve had the friends and family that I have to ease the way. No man…or woman…is an island; I am no exception.

I look forward to starting my new job and getting back into the flow of life again…after this erstwhile hiatus. I’ve started a garden, some plants from seeds are popping their little heads out of the moist soil; I’m planning a meditation garden. It will have a water feature, a bench to sit on and some screening for a bit more privacy (the street and neighbors on one side are still visible from the backyard). I’m contemplating creating a labyrinth as well; perhaps informal, but perhaps I will create something truly special…time and money will certainly play their parts.

Otherwise, August has already begun to feel considerably different that the first half of this year, including July; I have a sense that great things are yet to come as I feel gratitude for this moment of clarity and Sunday morning serenity in my new home.

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