Staring Contest (Haiku)
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The Power of Pausing: Commentary
The snowstorm took a breath that day. The sun was a bit
That’s when I saw the squirrel. This cute little
This scene likely sounds super random. And I’m not sure why, but I can’t forget this random squirrel outside my place in Montreal.
After all, it was an incredibly ordinary moment in late February.
But maybe there was something about this brief moment of calm between snowstorms, that hint of sunshine,
Somehow, that moment, perhaps announced for me that spring was coming soon. And that the worst of the winter had passed.
Or maybe I projected how this squirrel was as crazy as I was to walk around in this weather.
But then again, that’s a Montreal squirrel quite used to such temperatures. I’m the only one here from the Westcoast far more unfamiliar with this kind of weather (even though I enjoyed the snowstorms, funny enough).
My phone camera, as awesome as it was, couldn’t zoom enough to capture the squirrel or the moment. So, I kind of just stared at that squirrel, sitting on his fiber-optic and rubbery pedestal far above me.
As the little dude stared back at me, I made all sorts of random squirrel sounds in lieu of my camera shutter:
Squirrel probably couldn’t hear me, and he/she just kinda kept staring at me while I stared back at him.
And in that moment…time disappeared.
My friends might describe how that’s so typical of me and so descriptive of my many romantic encounters.
But I think that moment sticks around in my memory for another reason apart from human-animal relationships.
To be honest, I think this tremendously ordinary moment reminded me of a far more simple moment that can only be described with big words and terms like joy, wonder, miracles and the power of the present moment.
I think this ordinary memory stays with me because it invites me to remember that there’s something beautiful that I can find
All I need to “do” , sometimes, is just one simple thing…to pause.