'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menoverviewering; setting the tone

A couple of weeks back, there was an outage at the Hutch. Not just the Hutch, but the Hutch's whole town. It was dark. It was cold. It was tea time.

I lit some candles. Then used matches to light the gas-hob (the starter is electric, remember!). A simple meal was made and munched in the light of those candles. High on the wall, at the edge of the glimmer, the pictures took on a different presence; dimension changed and they drew, at once, both near and far. Details not seen in broad daylight somehow made themselves known to me.

The silence was enveloping. It wrapped and soothed and murmured, (through the tinnitus), that feeling near the edge is what keeps things alive. That there is no choice but to move from here to there, from one second to the next. That it is okay to sit in soundlessness. It is okay to sit actionless when action can make no difference.

In the darkness, all that was required was the striking of a match and there were the flames to give security.

No matter what this year brings, may there always be a match and scratch-patch to bring in some light. May this year be filled with bright candles. May there be many more moments of settling in silence and knowing when to surrender action. Welcome, 2018.


  1. YAM-Aunty what a lovely post and reflection. One of my mama's favorite sayings during times not so perfect was "we have to make do"! You did just that and look what you got a lovely photo and post
    Hugs HiC

  2. It was dark. It was cold. It was tea time.

    I think this may be the best line of the year. The epitome of "Resist". Carry on.

    Light and love this new year.

  3. Hello, lovely post. I wish you peace, light and love this new year.

  4. A very nice post. We hope 2018 shines brightly and warmly for all.

    We too are enjoying the sounds of silence after a week of nonstop talking, laughing, playing humans:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  5. Oh, I loves this. Yes, there is no better way to reflect than when there is forced silence and quiet of the mind.
    I wish for you a most lovely and happy 2018! You are a true bright light in the world and Blogville.
    Ruby ♥

  6. Now that I have moved to the BIG city, I miss the silence and the quiet. Even when the power is out, there is incessant noise. On this New Years Eve, I am reflection on the changes in the last few years and trying to determine where I want to go=et to and the goals I need to set to get there. However I believe I shall have to wait for the company to leave before I will get to the state of being where I can do this.
    I wish you:
    12 months of HAPPINESS
    52 weeks of FUN
    365 Days of SUCCESS
    8750 hours of GOOD HEALTH
    52600 minutes of GOOD LUCK
    3,153,600 seconds of JOY!
    Love Barb

  7. Wishing you a new year full of light and love
    Hazel & Mabel

  8. may it be... we hope for a year full of peace and joy....and for a light in the darkeness and even when it comes just from matches... it's a light...

  9. Always have a candle handy. You never know when you might need it. Lots of happiness in the year to come.

  10. This is a beautiful and thoughtful piece to begin the year. I'll save it to come back to from time to time. And the tinnitus? I understand all too well.

  11. From your lips to the ears of the universe. namaste, janice xx

  12. What a great message to start 2018. Happy New Year.

  13. Happy New Year. We'll see what it brings!

  14. what a beautiful post, i like your way of thinking. i do love candlelight and playing with matches is one of my favorite things. as in lighting candles. blow out the match, light it again, blow it out. i like the smell of matches to... and light does make me feel safe


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