According to the Webster dictionary these are synonyms to describe tranquility:
White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that President Barack Obama has improved global tranquility.
“There have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way that has substantially furthered American interests and substantially improved the, you know, the tranquility of the global community,” Earnest said Monday.
Uh, my jaw dropped. Really? Now we have Syria, Iraq, Iran, Russia, Libya, Israel fighting for their lives against Hamas, ISIS beheading other Muslims with brutality that goes beyond belief. and utter mayhem on our border. And there are too many other places in turmoil to mention. Now that is what Mr. Earnest calls “tranquility”??? Or rather I need to say what Earnest was ordered to say.
We all know I’ve had a lot of bumps in the road lately but when I can I take my moments of tranquility and savor them.
Now here are some examples of what tranquility is to me:
!. I wake up in the morning by Merlin licking me all over my face and bumping me with his head. He tells me “Woman it’s time to get up and feed me!” I feel calm and peaceful because I know God let me have one more day on this earth to enjoy. I say “thank you God”. No matter what time Merlin gets me up anywhere between 5am and 7am, I get up readily awaiting the day ahead of me. I woke up on the right side of the dirt.
2. I take a hike with Merlin and watch him run so fast and then turn around barreling back to me with joy on his face, his eyes lit up like fire, then bowing his head to me. He says, “Master, I love you so much”. I feel tranquil.
3. While I am on this hike with Merlin I can see so many places on the farm, all colored by the sun in different ways. I see the Appalachians to the east in a blue mist. I feel dazzled by the beauty. There is a hush as I hear nothing because I am so surrounded by so much magnificence that God gave us all to enjoy, but we seldom take that moment. In my quietude, I say a prayer thanking God for giving me so much to enjoy.
4. A pair of swallows built a nest under the eaves of my front porch bringing up their 5 peeps. One day I look out and see all 5 babies on the ground ready to take flight. It’s a moment of quiet and awe for me to be able to watch a flock of swallows all trying to get those peeps up in the air while at the same time ready to dive bomb anything that may come near them. Suddenly they take to the skies and every swallow around is flying with the peeps in joy. I know I saw a miracle of life recycling itself. I feel a calmness that all five of these peeps got off the ground and safe.
5. I enjoy a lunch at the Senior Center about once or twice a week. Friends surround me of all ages, me being one of the youngest there. We laugh a lot making jokes. One of the women at my table is 98 years old, but you would never know it. She laughs and jokes with the rest of us. She is a gem as is everyone at the table I sit. I feel restful sharing with these friends. I feel calm and relaxed. I love Stella, (the 98-year-old woman) and just have to hug her and tell her I love her before I leave. She gives me serenity. And she loves me back.
6. It is quiet on my front porch during the afternoon and I sit out there with Merlin if I am home that day. It may be hot in the house, but the porch always has a nice breeze. The only sounds I hear are the horses clip clopping up or down the road carrying the Amish who smile and wave at me. Merlin lies at my feet loving his brushing time. I enjoy the beauty of the Amish horses because they have the best ones. It is utterly peaceful and restful.
7. Last but not the least by any stretch, I recall the hush and peace I felt when my granddaughter, Anastasia, was a baby and I would rock her to quiet her. I sang to her in a quiet voice, “Little Town of Bethlehem” mainly because I could only remember the words of that song. It seemed right. Anna would look into my eyes with her big blue eyes and they told me she loved what I was doing. We locked eyes, she knew I loved her more than anything in this world, and then she would peacefully fall asleep. Another moment of hush, quiet, and serenity for both of us. I savored every moment I had rocking and singing to her.
Now obviously it doesn’t take much to make me happy. I don’t have a bundle of money, I live alone now, but I have my Merlin and out of every window in this house there is a beautiful scene. I think to myself how blessed I am to live here in this little rural area. I grew up in the city and I prefer this place in the country. It’s not for everyone, but it’s perfect for me “because it is tranquil”.
When I compare what is tranquil to what the Emperor says is tranquil there is no likeness.
I invite everyone who comes to my blog to share what makes you feel tranquil. Perhaps your ways of feeling tranquil will give us all new ways to experience it. God only knows we need as much peace of mind we can get when the world is blowing up all around us, including our own country.