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“Spells of Calm”: A Quote I Love

Richard Croft [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Richard Croft [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

“Every life needs spells of calm, every life needs expanses of time when nothing much occurs, when one may sit for several hours in the same place and gaze upon static things, upon some waxen-leafed desert plant, perhaps, or on a patch of dry grass. Or a group of cattle standing under a tree for the shade, the slow, flicking movement of their tails the only indication that they are animate beasts, not rocks; or a sky across which no clouds, or perhaps only the merest wisp of white, move.”

Alexander McCall Smith, in The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (The No. 1 Ladies Dective Agency series)

Yes, please!


2 comments on ““Spells of Calm”: A Quote I Love

  1. emilievardaman
    June 18, 2015

    I so agree! I often think of those in war torn areas. How do they emerge sane? There is little silence and no periods of calm.
    And people in cities, especially the slum areas, have no little patch of grass, no trees.
    I live in the desert, in a broad valley nearly surrounded by mountains. For me, gazing at the mountains, watching the sun rise or set, or watching a storm move in across the valley is magical.


    • Sarrah J. Woods
      June 19, 2015

      Very true. We can be grateful for both the natural beauty that surrounds us and for the safety and security that allows us to really enjoy it!


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