Skylights and their Messages from Beyond
Skylights are trying to tell me something. A skylight came crashing down into my house the other day. But actually, that’s another story. However, due to this very disruptive “message” from my skylight at home, I figured the time was right for a post that I’ve been thinking about for a while…
I have lived a charmed life, there’s no doubt about that, but life’s been a bit much for me lately. Work, home, emotionally and mentally–it’s all been stressful. Every day at work though, I’ve found moments of respite. There is a series of skylights throughout the building where I work, and although I’d been disappointed about missing much of this summer due to long work hours, I was able to enjoy the light it offered nonetheless. En route to meetings or to address my… um, bodily needs, I have been fascinated by the spectacles the skylights offer. The light and shadow they cast is often tremendous stop-in-your-tracks gloriosity*, but even when there isn’t that, there’s always the ability to look up at the sky. Ahhh.
I marvel at the people who walk by, and even through, these exquisite displays without a glance–and am amused by (and grateful for) the people who ask me if I’m OK. A pause on the stairwell to take things in is odd enough to cause concern, apparently. Perhaps they think I should be working. Trust me, I know better.
Anyway, if I’m not at my desk, chances are good you’ll find me near a skylight taking pictures such as the following. I hope I’ve captured them well enough for you to gain even a little respite from your own challenges.
OK, if you got this far, I owe you an explanation regarding the skylight in my personal life. I’m having my roof replaced and the previous owners caulked the skylights to the frames. This is NOT a good idea. The roofers had no alternative but to force one of them off. I cringed and gave permission to do what they had to do. In retrospect, I should have covered the furniture, yes? My only excuse is that my subconscious imagined the skylight cracking, not breaking into thousands of pieces and raining down into the house. I will never forget the sight of all that glass as it cascaded onto the floor and table and couch and chairs… sigh. So the message, I think, aside from the obvious “think a bit about the possible consequences of things” is… “Don’t stare up at skylights when you should be working because we see you and karma’s a bitch”!? Naw. …OK, I don’t think there is a lesson or a message. And for me, THAT’s the point. Life’s got good and bad in it and regardless which one is in my face at the moment, I’m alive for it so I just Appreciate. Everything. Period.
@Maverickzach, this one’s for you. Thank you for your early appreciation of my skylight photos when I first joined IG.
Love to you all. My thoughts are with all those affected by Storm Sandy.
Jen / @eelnej on various social networks
* Sometimes real words aren’t enough.