So, I read the post, but, for whatever reason, it didn't feel quite right at this point in time. I then surfed through a number of other posts before finally using the "I Ching" technique I've used a couple of times in the past. I just clicked to a random date and said "this is It!"
As you'll see, Synchronicity once again prevailed. The Universe is a most amazing place.
Dad loved to fish. One of my strongest visual memories of him is of the day I looked out the front window of our apartment and saw him silhouetted against the sunsparkles of the lake a couple of hundred feet offshore, sitting quietly in his beloved rowboat, fishing pole in hand.
Dad could sit like that, motionless, surrounded by the stillness of that small Northern Illinois lake for long periods of time just peering at the red and white bobber. Most often, he returned to shore seemingly in a good mood, calmer, quieter, more content.
It wasn't at all surprising that when his doctor advised him to finally retire and "just go fishing", my dad did just that. He bought himself a camper and a trailer, and for much of final year and a half of his life, he traveled and fished from coast to coast.
I think the quest for "peace and quiet" is probably universal. Thich Nhat Hanh once wrote that even the businessman's smoke break was an attempt to stop and breath, to find a moment's peace within the busyness. The promise of the Practice is that we that we can engage in that journey with some degree of skill, that there is actually some method to our madness.
As today's quote from Ram Dass points out, there are deeper and fuller realms of experience available to us.