Another in a series of Gwen Bell’s Best of 2009 Challenge: Today’s entry is Moment of Peace
There are moments in my life, pretty much on a regular basis, that would qualify as a moment of peace. They are often brief, fleeting seconds, but they are there and they are noticeable. However, I think today’s challenge should reflect a much larger moment of peace. After a brief review of the year, I identified two moments of peace that warrant discussion here.
- The birth of my daughter on May 4. For a few moments, just after the little one made her appearance in the world and was whisked off by the neonatologist team to be examined, I let out a deep breath that I’m sure I had been holding for several minutes. The room sort of calmed in an extraordinary way considering that there were seven people present other than me and my wife. At that moment, I had no fear, no worry, no conscious thought at all…there was just basic quiet and I relaxed. It didn’t last long, but I remember it distinctly.
- The inauguration of President Obama on January 20. It had been a long time since there was a palpable calm in politics even amid the overwhelming joy and excitement. Still, there were moments when people in the office stood completely transfixed as the events of the day unfolded and there was good reason. The world, and I don’t mean this lightly, the WORLD was changing with the onset of Barack Obama’s presidency. There was unique and genuine moment during the day when you felt a shift to a new paradigm that heralded great change.
Both of these moments were amazing…and to have them come in the same year is remarkable. I can only hope that 2010 brings some life-altering moments as well.
See you in the funny papers!