The Flow of the Motionless




I count it as a certainty that in paradise, everyone naps.  
~Tom Hodgkinson from How to Be Idle: A Loafer’s Manifesto





A slight breeze stirs tree branches
so shadow patterns play on the curtains
like candlelight in a drafty room.

The harvest is over, corn
stubble and weeds in the field. The sky is
soft blue, a few clouds in the distance.

I will close my eyes, nap for
a while. Perhaps when I wake all will seem
the same. Sleep plays tricks in many ways.
~Matthew Spereng – “Late August, Lying Down to Nap at Noon”





Like a graceful vase, a cat, even when motionless, seems to flow.  
~George F. Will








I believe the world would be a better place
if we could stop in the middle of the day~
just rest our eyes for awhile –
stare at the sparkling inside of our eyelids for a few minutes,
pause, pray, purr…
perchance to dream.   Aye, there’s the rub.

We might see things differently when our eyes reopen.









4 thoughts on “The Flow of the Motionless

  1. I find it amazing how much of the time our cat, Jefferson, is sleeping. Jefferson is now 12. We adopted him when he was two. He was always a good friend for my dad. But, since my dad has slowed down at the age of 95, I call Jefferson a therapy cat. Truly, Jeff provides emotional therapy for my dad.

    I’ve never been a person who takes naps in the middle of the day. Actually, I rarely take a break. I have come to the conclusion that every now and then God decides it is time for me to stop…pause…slow down…and rethink.
    In 2013, I stubbed my toe on our big shed door one Sunday morning. Don’t know how it happened, but it took a long time to heal. I was not able to wear normal shoes for months. During that time, I fell on my face and had several issues from that fall.
    In 2016, I fell in my kitchen and injured my back and three weeks later came down with a sinus infection that would not quit. This whole event was life changing in several ways. I won’t bore you with the details.
    Last summer, I worked day in and day out getting ready for our farm sale. The work was unending, but God provided the energy.
    This last week, one year after my dad’s decision to sell the farm, I am barely walking. I was walking 30 minutes every morning and on the move day in and day out. Now, I am icing the leg, doing stretches, and giving my leg some rest.
    I have decided I need to be more vigilant about stretching after my activities. I also need to pace myself…and give my body some time off from time to time.

    I should learn from Jefferson and just chill out and let the world continue to be in motion, while I pause.


  2. Naps, whenever (or wherever) taken are not only restorative to the gears and cells that keep our bodies and minds working. They also give the resident Holy Spirit an opportunity to bypass the cacophony of our constant busyness with which He must compete in our waking moments. Our animals have the right innate instinct. They listen to their inner voice and drop down, curl up, splay out, and take a secret trip somewhere when their body tells them it is time to stop for while. I often wonder if they dream. I think there may be ONE VOICE they hear that may be the reason they sometimes are seen with a slight smile on their face.

    The whimsical photos here are so accurate and evocative for anyone who knows the ways of animals. Your wise three-word alliterative message about a brief respite is one that would benefit us all, spiritually, physically and mentally — and with God’s Grace, eventually change the direction of our present seriously suffering world..

    Thank you, Emily.

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