© 2009 Marica

074 – End of the day

Light tomorrow with today!
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning

He was arriving on the last flight from Auckland. It was due to land at 10pm. I couldn’t wait to see him.

As I was driving to the airport I passed through the city. It was buzzing. People were everywhere. I hadn’t seen it so alive for a while. There is a big event happening in town tomorrow and you could tell.

As I pulled up at the airport it was a completely different story. There were lots of empty parked cars but no people anywhere. Walking into the airport building I was struck by the emptiness of the place. It was such an odd feeling. Only the cleaners around – picking up after everyone and getting the place ready for others to use. You could tell that people had been there but they were now all long gone.

All the shops, eating areas and bars were closed. All the check-in counters were deserted. The escalators were still. Lights were dimmed in places. No one sitting around waiting – for anything or anyone. A normally bustling place was almost breathing a sigh of relief – it was taking some time out to recharge and refresh before the next onslaught, the next flight to arrive or depart.

As I wandered towards the gate where his plane was due to arrive I noticed that even the tarmac was deserted. Where were all the planes? Was I at the airport?

Looking through all the glass windows – into the various waiting areas where passengers are herded prior to boarding a plane, out on to the tarmac which is generally like a motorway with planes coming and going but was now quiet, and out beyond to the night lights and the night sky – I felt at peace and it felt good. This was time to be alone, to think and just be.

Through the tiredness at the end of a long day I love this opportunity to be quiet, to reflect on what was, what is over with for now, and the joy of having some rest so that tomorrow I am ready to start again – only new and different. I realised this evening that no matter how much I may want today to end it does have an impact on my tomorrow. The good part is that I control what that impact is. Everything is connected and all of it matters. Taking time out to just be at one with ourselves and our world is so vital if we are understand what that connection is.

23. Every day retain your personal power. It belongs to you. No one else.
36. Every day be still. Connect to your inner being. Listen and be guided by it.
42. Every day celebrate. Who you are. What you have achieved. Things that matter to you.

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