Friday, November 17, 2006

Alone with Your Snail

~*~ I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments. ~*~
"The Invitation" by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Empty moments can feel like they last forever. It's hard to be alone when time is slowly creeping along because you're having a rough bout in your life. What is your snail? What are the things going on in your life that make you feel alone, or lonely. Shaz, aka Dare to Dream is going through a 48 week medical treatment in hope of a cure for her physical battle. It's rather harsh and not going to be much fun for her and the family, it's going to be her snail. When you loose your job and you're waiting for another...snail. When there's something you want really bad and you have to wait to get it...snail. Commuting long hours, writing that book, starting that business...all of them are snails.

Some people love being alone and it doesn't feel like an empty moment at all. But for those who have a hard time with it, or are alone for very long periods of time, I want you to remember this: Snails always leave a shimmery trail and if all the moments in our lives zoomed by, or were always easy, there would be nothing to show, nothing to learn and probably not a whole lot to remember. So, when you are alone, I want you to remember that you're keeping good company with yourself and always look for the shimmer in that moment :D

And say a little prayer for shaz, maybe give her a visit or two because for the next 48 weeks a certain snail will be visiting her and I'm sure she would appreciate your precious company. And for those of you who feel like you're never alone enough, it's time to take your snail on a date ;-)


Blogger Shaz said...

Thanks for the silent prayers sweet I really appreciate it.
Just an edit of time but, I wish it was 45 days but its actually 48 weeks.I had my first injection today I had to do it and I surprised myself its amazing what you can do when you have to. Your words and our connection give me strength and i know Im not alone.
Thankyou my Friend :)

12:55 AM  
Blogger pid said...

I love my time alone but at times it can be so lonely, thankyou for your beautiful words.

1:27 AM  
Anonymous poet said...

a more positive spin on snails. all mine are lined up and getting ready to march forth and conquer. (maybe).
take care of you. poet

1:43 AM  
Blogger rising to the challenge said...

You are an amazing source of encouragement, Darlene!
So going at snail's pace isn't so bad after all? I like it.

3:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are fabulous. simply fabulous.

i love the idea of the shimmery trail, and it's one i'm taking with me.

5:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

isn't it so wonderful, that when we are snailing along, we can now reach out to each other? my snail is moving my non-prifit program forward. i am pretty much running it alone, so it's survival depends only on me. some days i want to throw in the towel because the mountain seem unsurmountable, but other days i am in awe of the whole thing. most of the time i enjoy being alone. it's my time to exist on my own terms, be however i want to be. when you are snailing along sweet d, you can call on me!

5:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i rarely have a moment alone and have found that i long for it, to reconnect and recenter... but i do still have a snail.

my snail is trying to remain content in the present. i often have an urge to lurch forward or lament about the past. i'm also a mad woman if i don't have a plan ahead of me.

7:08 AM  
Blogger bronxbt said...

damn. i've been curled up in my shell for a lifetime.

every time i think i have a chance to extend myself and do something that feels real, i get scared by a loud noise of a sharp, bright light and retreat furhter into the recesses of the coiled, hardened and calcified protection.

oi vey.

listen to me.. stay strong this weekend. i'll be gone until at least tuesday and sending you good vibes.

i posted early on fuzziechads and also on somethinsketchy so take care, be good, and continue to do that voodoothatjoodoo.

<< hugs >>


8:41 AM  
Anonymous Mom said...

It funny I never thought of a snail in quite that way. This has given me some thought and a whole new way of looking at time spent alone. Your trail is very shimmery Dar.
Love you bunches

11:10 AM  
Blogger Trish Ryan said...

When I reach my "I can't do this" threshhold, I read/pray/scream Psalms. King David knew a thing or two about waiting for God, and he wasn't the most patient guy in the world, either. This gives me hope :)

12:25 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

Seeing your snail reminded me of a sweet poem by the wonderful Langston Hughes ...
Little snail
Dreaming as you go
Weather and rose
It's all you know
Weather and rose
It's all you see
Drinking the dew drops

Have a wonderful weekend!

3:38 PM  
Blogger twitches said...

Ooh, I never have a problem being alone. I suppose I'm rather snail-like.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

What a loving and wise post, Darlene. Reminds me of a quote, Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.
-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
much peace & love to you and many good thoughts & prayers for shaz as well...JP

6:42 PM  
Anonymous ceanandjen said...

Oh, I relish in being alone, because I have so little alone time that I can actually spend being alone with myself; my head, my heart, my soul. I love the imagery here...fresh and beautiful perspective as only you sweet Dar can gift us.


7:33 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

That's a beautiful way to look at it, Darlene. I'm one who often likes to be alone, but even so there are moments when it's hard. I'll go say hey to Shaz now. Hugs to you for sharing your beautiful thoughts.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Georgia said...

I *heart* my alone time:) As a kid I used to beg my mom to lie to my friends and say I could not play just so I could be alone. I must be very snail like in some ways... I never noticed a shimmer though, I will have to pay attention from now on!! :)


8:18 AM  
Blogger dd said...

Thanks so much for this post. Snails...I have many, but I love your description of their shimmering trails...Great post...and thanks for the link to Shaz' site.

I hope you are doing well this weekend...




10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I relish my snail time.
Writing this novel makes me want to have more snail time. Not enought time to admire the glistening trail of life.
You, my love, glisten. But I maintain you are a diamond and not the trail of a snail ;-)

love x x x x

5:06 AM  

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