Friday, January 31, 2014

The Beauty of Grey Skies

I don't know what it is about grey skies that I love these days. Maybe because they are so rare here in Pretoria I have learned to appreciate them more. In California, grey skies were the norm for most of winter, but here, the cloud covering is a rare blanket of peace that begs me to slow down, cosy up to all that is really important in life, listen, reflect, and still my soul. I guess even in South Africa, with it's maddeningly inefficient bureaucracy, life can become hectic!

Slow down. Listen to the birds outside the window. Notice the deep greens of the foliage as they sway in uncertain winds. The relentless African sun has hidden itself; come outside and smell the cooled air! Take a long, deep breath. Pause. Just... be.