Happiness at the Margin

Happiness at the Margin

desert sunset

All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

So it’s been a crazy few weeks.  I’ve driven a couple of  thousand of miles while I’ve been driving up and down the state of California interviewing for jobs, drove 800 miles over two days last week.  I’ve got a little break, hopefully this all wraps up soon, and so I decided to float down to one of my favorite places Anza-Borrego State Park.  I checked the weather and it’s unseasonably cool for late April, highs in the low 90s, lows in the high 50’s.  It is still the desert and so you hunker down when the sun is high and you emerge in the mornings and in the late afternoons.  There are almost no tourists here right now, it’s the beginning of the hot season and they have, for the most part, all fled.

So it’s absolutely beautiful and absolutely quiet here right now.  This morning I went out to the pool, had it all to myself, and got my allotted 10 minutes of sun after a little swim.  Then just laid in the shade for an hour and took in the silence, no book, no phone just me and the breeze and the palm trees.

As the sun slid behind the mountain I went out for a walk and headed into town to get some dinner.  There’s a place here that makes an amazing Enchiladas Verdes and I stop in every time I come through Borrego Springs.

I love the desert, especially when it’s quiet and uninhabited.  There is something here, at sunset, at the margin of everything that brings me peace.  My head clears, I feel a bit more alive and a bit more connected here, at this time,  than anywhere else except maybe the ocean.  So a quick little post tonight about peace and quiet and how important it is to find it and just stop for a bit. Have a peaceful and happy day my friends. ~ Rev Kane

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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