Tonight I heard something that made me pause, take a deep breath, and just spend a few moments contemplating the apparent peace in chaos. In the distance a dog was barking, closer in water was dripping from the trees, and just down the hill, safely away from me was a raging river. Somehow the combination just helped me settle my soul tonight.
Intellectually I know that the raging river just down the hill is full of massive amounts of snow melt and all the rain we had earlier today, running down from the headlands. Further downstream I know that it is causing flooding because I can see it on my drive to work. Yet, somehow, the sound of that rushing, raging water brought peace to me tonight. I cannot begin to quantify the why or the how, I simply know what is, and I am at peace with it.