January 26, 2013 § 41 Comments
I stood at the window for a long time. Watching the snowflakes dancing past.
Seeing the frozen jewels glide past my window, falling into the white blanket beneath, I felt- for a moment- sadness. Those exquisite creations, each swallowed up in the drifts below. One after the other. Here and then gone.
And then I thought what it would be like to tumble downward like the snowflake. Falling without resistance, surfing the winds in a trajectory that belonged only to it. Surrounded by so many other dazzling partners.
I thought of the crystalline and fragile beauty of each individual flake. A singular beauty arising from the interrupted symmetry of their creation. Never to be repeated.
And something else took the place of my sadness.
To understand that we each exist as a unique creation of the One.
To accept the winds of the world and make our way without resistance.
To dance down our arc of time as a singular- but not isolated- being.
To use ourselves up, holding nothing back from life’s descent.
And then to return to the place where we began.
Melting into the snowy bosom of all that is and all that will be.
I stood at the window watching the snowflakes and I wept.
Not sadness anymore. Tears of a nearly unbearable gratitude.
Gratitude for the blessing given to me- and to each of us- the chance to live out the finite and exquisite dance of life.
The lesson of a snowflake written so exquisitely it deserves to be the centrepiece of all required reading. Sharon
I see you. As an ant perceives the sun. As an infant perceives its mother’s face. Unrecognizable in the details; yet a glimpse of the whole of sum parts imbues to me a “yes” of my own being. Reading the rise of pure emotion come over you during this one moment in time of which you spoke, created for my own spirit an instinctual affirmation of the deeper stirrings within. You bring the duality of all things to an unfractured, whole, macro-level — by examining the smallest micro-level — and you place its perfection and beauty on its rightful pedestal for all to see. The light of the world… Within you, illuminating the many glorious depths from which it is born.
Magical. Tangible. Surreal.
This is so beautiful. I’ve pondered this as well – that individual snowflakes lose their individuality unique offering as they fall to the ground in an identical way, and how sad this is. Thanks for taking this a step farther to find the joy.
Just beautiful, Tom. I too feel immeasurable gratitude for this life and its twists and turns – such an incredible journey when we allow it to be.
It was a gift to read this post right now – thank you.
Nature once again reminds us to be at peace with our journey, seemingly individual in our dance, but connected once again when the music ends. Another beautiful post. Thank you.
Beautiful writing! This line…. “To accept the winds of the world and make our way without resistance” really resonated with me. Accepting instead of resisting all aspects of life has been an theme in my life lately. 🙂 I found your blog through Brenda Marroy’s blog, Streams of Consciousness.
Good stuff, Tom! Rather wonderful.
An amazingly simple but wonderful analogy – us and snowflakes. Beautifully written Tom.
I did feel great emotion in this simple set of thoughts.
Thank you for the generous response.
great post tom, it reminds me to pay closer attention when it snows. dave
Not so much snow over there, I imagine. It is beautiful. Sadly, a cold rain has washed it all away here- but that’s okay. Change is good.
Thanks for coming by.
What a beautiful way to see snow and to transition from sadness to gladness. Thanks for sharing your insight. Hugs, Brenda
I just left your blog and was knocked over by the “Grace and Mercy” post. Now that’s truly beautiful writing.
Thanks for sharing your work with us and for your continuing thoughtful support for my writing here.
Just like the “dance of life,” your writing is beautiful and always touches my heart. Wishing you a wonderful day!
Welcome back from Europe.
So happy to see your message here.
Thanks, Tom! I wish I was still there – Amsterdam feels like ages ago already! Sigh…wishing you a great weekend ahead!
You are kind.
Exquisite! Thanks again for the follow on twitter (I’m @modernoracle) So nice to find like minds in the ‘burgh. I look forward to reading more . Good luck with the book project.
I’m happy we connected- here and on Twitter. (Looking out on the same cold rain you’re seeing right now. Pittsburgh in January.)
I appreciate so much that you took the time to read my work and to leave this kind reply.
Ahh, the ‘burgh in January. A few more inches of snow this weekend, I hear. Thanks for sharing your work…it’s a pleasure to read!
Both an ode to a snowflake and a lesson in giving one’s self over to his/her natural trajectory. To find the lifting of sorrow in the falling of one snowflake. I am always the richer for reading your posts Tom – thank you.
I find in your writing such a joyfulness and energy. Our connection is a great example of two people, separated in space and writing in different ways, but each drawing something meaningful from the other and feeling the support and caring. Lucky us.
We are very lucky indeed Tom, for I feel that connection as deeply as if we had been friends for years. Thanks, m
Beautiful analogy Tomas…thank you.
MoJo, aka Jonathan,
Thanks for taking the time to read and leave me your message.
Your work in Africa- a great inspiration. Be well.
Absolutely beautiful….I think this may be my favorite post from you so far. “Using ourselves up, holding nothing back from life’s descent.”…. beautiful!!!
I am humbled by your words. You write so powerfully yourself and always from the heart. So thank you so much.
What a stunning post. Thank you for sharing your Light.
Feeling the energy and the light.
This is so beautiful – thank you for sharing ♥
This beautiful Sunday morning I am blessed to read your message- and your own beautiful and important writings on your blog.
Thank you- for your kindness to me and for your own work in the world.
beautifully stated Tom ~ and perfect timing for me right now ~ thank you dearest friend of the heart ~ RL
Thank you, Robyn.
I have often read your work and thought that it was just the right message at just the right time.
An important connection here for me.
What a lovely piece you wrote. It made me miss being in a snowy area. It also made aware of all I should be grateful for. Thank you.
Watch what you wish for- do you recall scraping ice off the windshield on a bitter cold morning? Kidding. The glorious sight just outside my windows right now is more than compensation for the cold winds and frigid nights.
Thanks for your continuing thoughtfulness.
A stunningly beautiful “elegy for a snowflake,” Tom, and so perfect. I find myself breathless every time I give myself permission to sink into their beauty. You have captured the magic of the experience beautifully….
You are, as always, so kind and thoughtful.
The magic though is beyond words. Right now as I see the traces of footprints in the snow outside my window, with the sun creating the shadowed caverns of each footstep amidst the glittering white carpet, I know that my words really cannot convey the feeling of this moment. But just to try with all my heart- and for you to feel what you feel from the reading- is such a glorious thing.
love speaking through snowflakes, through one blessed life to all others, we dance together without resistance ….
Right now I’m looking out the window with the sun shining across the snow covered field, a thousand diamonds scattered across the surface.
Magical and so beautiful.
Thank you for sharing your feelings.
sounds so very beautiful tom, thanks for telling me about it … we at least have rain here which is wonderfully welcome 🙂