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Solitude

In response to WordPress Photo Challenge: Solitude

In this crowded world or people and gadget, I find my solitude in running and cycling.

Solitude in BSD

I can run with fellow friends, in a race with spectators, or cycling with friends. But for much of the time during the run, I’m always busy with my own thought. It is the time when I can think, or let the mind wander to find some ideas, or solution.

Slow Dance, A Poem by David L. Weatherford

It was Friday evening. A light rain had just stopped, just right to cool down the wind and clear up the sky in preparation of sunset. I was sitting at Starbucks Coffee to cool down myself, and thinking of which photo should I submit for WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge, Rule of Thirds.

When I pop back from my thought,  the sky has turned to bright red. Suddenly I remembered a poem that I read a couple of years ago. A poem that reminds me not to go to fast. To spare times to call your friends, talk with your family and loved one, and to have fun.

The poem was, and still resonates with me. I quote the poem below the photo, written nicely by David L. Weatherford. You can read the original poem here.

Have a Nice Weekend, and remember to slow down

Have a Good Day

Slow Dance, A Poem by David L. Weatherford

Have you ever watched kids, On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain, Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down. Don’t dance too fast.
Time is short. The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day, On the fly?
When you ask: How are you? Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
With the next hundred chores, Running through your head?

You’d better slow down, Don’t dance too fast.
Time is short, The music won’t last.

Ever told your child we’ll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste, Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die,
Cause you never had time to call and say Hi?

You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short. The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race. Do take it slower.
Hear the music, Before the song is over

Photo Post: Serenity

Serenity: the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.

It is not easy to find Serenity in the crowded, fast paced, and polluted city such as Jakarta. But if you are lucky enough to stay in the suburb that surround Jakarta, wake up early enough before dawn and walk outside in the morning, there are still places that are calm and peaceful.

Feels Like Bali

Naturally, I feel calm and peaceful each time I’m going for a run. All the trouble in the world are, for the moment I’m on the run, put aside, replaced by intense focus on finishing the run.

But, when passing through an undeveloped piece of road leading to a housing complex, my focus shift from finishing the run to the scenery. To the morning sun ray passing through the leaves. To the morning mist that recede to give way to daylight.

This is the place and time where I find my serenity.

This post is written in response to WordPress weekly photo challenge: Serenity