As we stand still and live in the moment, we experience peace and
harmony. Tranquil auras permeate everywhere. Some of us never stop
running until we go to bed at night, missing that life-altering event. It
is my hope that each individual undergo serenity at least once in his or
her life, as it blissfully intoxicates us. Afterwards, tuck it away in
the heart for future reflection.
That rainy day, a striking aura is intensely thick as it
permeates the room. I am supervising a class of kindergartners
at the Regional International School of Eindhoven (RIS) in
Holland. Most of the children are sitting on the floor in
front of the overhead television watching a kids show in
Dutch. The rest of the students are eating lunch at their
table; drawing pictures or chit chatting with their friends.
One particular beautiful girl, Aisha, who has a full head of
long gorgeous curly black hair and beautiful big brown eyes,
approaches me as I scribble notes for my memoir asking:
“Wat schrive jij?” “What are you writing?”
“Niks besonders.” “Nothing important.”
A wave of special ness overcomes me. Aisha pays me attention
and I am touched. However, her pure being strikes accord with
me. She is simply being Aisha. Which brings forth my next
experience? If I do not respond to her and ignore her, I will
not receive her gift of feeling special. We all have unique
and special gifts. As Aisha stares at me intently with her
beautiful inquisitive smile, she personifies the free-spirited
girl I am at her age. As I look around the room admiring the
children simply being, time stands still. I am mesmerized by
the moment as it intoxicates me with blissful peace and
harmony producing a lasting desiring impression. This rendered
state of pure peace is something I never experienced. I wish
to remain here eternally. Such intoxicating peace surpasses
my life-long experiences. Falling in love, giving birth, and
experiencing joy pales in comparison to this bliss falling
from the heavens above.
I now know this aura permeating the room that beautiful day is
a blessing from above as I experience peace and harmony from
being in the moment. Life passes by me at an incredible speed.
I realize that I must stop running around busily doing this
and that or I shall never endure the tranquility that being
present offers. I admire the classroom children simply being,
uninhibited, enjoying their time in their wonderful life.
Children have a knack at this. We should take heed and follow
I will never forget the day on the treadmill as I reflect upon
my father’s previous words to me.
“If there is any advice I can give you it is this–stand still and
appreciate what you have around you.”
After this beautiful thought, I cry and my entire body shakes.
An incredible rush overwhelms me. This is my turning point in
life. I arrive at fully accepting my father–pure bliss–even
though he is not my biological father. All I ever want is
forever to be happy–like the young girl growing up on the
American Compound in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The ultimate
freedom as I open the door three hundred sixty-five days a
year to sun, sand and the Red Sea.
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