For too long, I've been feeling like I'm the solitary figure, sitting in a crowded room. Off in the corner, listening to the voices, blending together like garbled gibberish. Not one voice discernible amongst the cacophony of confusing chatter.
Yet, I felt this way as I sat alone in my living room, trying to battle against the negative energy that has battered my fragile ego. I needed calm. I needed peace. I needed the mixed up voices of the inner critic to hush and let me breathe again. Then I remembered just how beautiful it is in the world just outside my front door. I needed to go out. The above photo is a view of The Roaches, just four miles from the town of Leek. The photograph was taken from a vantage point just a few minutes walk from where I live.
Three miles north of where I live, you can get this magnificent view of Rudyard Lake in the foreground and a hill named, The Cloud, in the background. You can click to enlarge any of the photos.
And now I observe the view on offer from the road that runs along the side of The Roaches. Off in the distance, the sleepy town of Leek can be seen.
You may be aware just how sunny and warm it has been here in Britain. Here is the sun almost set beyond yonder hill. The view from The Roaches, on this most gorgeous of days, left me feeling alive and refreshed.
The sun had almost sunk beyond the horizon. I sat there alone and reflected upon the day, that glorious day I decided to go out and learn to breathe again. The cacophony of confusing chatter had been replaced by the soothing calm of a gentle voice. The voice that told me that the negative energy would never defeat me.
And tomorrow? Well, based on today, I shall endeavour to live my life embracing the magic of a positive reality.