Creating Serenity

@TheHorse (74795)
Walnut Creek, California
October 4, 2017 6:36pm CST
My 8-year-old neighbor friend and I recently made some "rafts" out of popsicle sticks and wine corks. We experimented with them at the pool, and found that they eventually start to fall apart if you make them with (water-based) wood glue. We reinforced them with Gorilla Glue and then headed to the pool with his mom and some neighbor friends (from Bulgaria) the other evening. He and I had gone to the Dollar Tree to buy some candles, and his mom brought some snacks and beverages. We swam a bit, and then "launched" our rafts into the pool and watched them as they floated about. It was a really lovely evening! Do you have ways that you "create" serenity?
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@andriaperry (63426)
• Anniston, Alabama
5 Oct 17
Yes, stay offline.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
Hmm. What about being on-line amps you up? I'm pretty relaxed right now, because all I HAVE to do is a few progress notes, and I can do them at my own pace.
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@GardenGerty (105274)
• United States
5 Oct 17
This sounds lovely. I got the same serene feeling sitting out in the dark last night.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
I like sitting outside in the dark as well.
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@celticeagle (121017)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Oct 17
I do. Right here in my own room. My daughter shares flowers from outside with me. I light candles and such. Very serene and nice.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
That's the perfect place. I try to do the same when I'm relaxing and grading papers.
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@celticeagle (121017)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Oct 17
@TheHorse ......I think so.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Oct 17
@celticeagle Here's a picture I took on my balcony the other night. I was getting started on a set of speakers (I refinish them) and wanted to create a calm mood. I brought the speaker out right after I snapped the picture and got to work. It was relaxing.
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@Morleyhunt (19266)
• Canada
5 Oct 17
I've gone to sit out on the deck with a good book and a large drink of water. It is so peaceful.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
That sounds great. I do most of my reading in bed.
@Morleyhunt (19266)
• Canada
5 Oct 17
@TheHorse I can never seem to get the light or the angle quite right when I try reading in bed...a recliner...that works.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
@Morleyhunt I've experienced that too. Right now, I have a light that seems to work well. And four pillows so I can be comfy.
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@JustBhem (46004)
• Davao, Philippines
6 Oct 17
Oh, that's pretty cool. So it floats with a candle?
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Oct 17
Yes, the corks on the bottom make it float. The candle stays above water (unless we make a pretend hurricane).
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@JustBhem (46004)
• Davao, Philippines
7 Oct 17
@TheHorse Wow. That's cool.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Oct 17
@JustBhem After the swimming was done, we just kicked back and watched.It was nice.
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@LadyDuck (187892)
• Switzerland
5 Oct 17
I have prepared appetizers on our small table near the couch. We are going downstairs soon and enjoy a drink, slowly eating our appetizers, may be playing some old records.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
I'll be right over. Can I bring some of my old records? What will you be listening to?
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@LadyDuck (187892)
• Switzerland
6 Oct 17
@TheHorse We were listening to Italians songs of the late 60's, the years we were young.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Oct 17
@LadyDuck Makes me want to listen to Gordon Lightfoot!
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@fishtiger58 (30317)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Oct 17
what a wonderful thing I love your story. when my kids are happy and are doing well that's when I have the most amazing serenity in my life.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
I can relate to that. When I'm at the preschool, and see four groups of four happy kids playing away, and nobody is arguing, I am happy.
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@fishtiger58 (30317)
• Momence, Illinois
5 Oct 17
@TheHorse There is nothing better in life than a smiling child. They can make the darkest day bright again.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
@fishtiger58 I agree! A child's smile can light up a whole room.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
7 Oct 17
I'm glad you made time for your little friend. You're a good man. I create serenity by meditation or reading.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Oct 17
I enjoy reading. I try to make everything I do a meditation.
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@RubyHawk (30532)
• Atlanta, Georgia
7 Oct 17
@TheHorse That's the way to look at it. I suppose we can call it meditation any time we're thinking quietly.
@DrEdwi (50)
5 Oct 17
I remember when I was a teenager I could go to a hill near our home, sit on the Rocks and tune to Radio free Africa or Radio one from Uganda and look down at our village. I miss the times.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
That sounds great! What kind of music did they play?
@DrEdwi (50)
5 Oct 17
@TheHorse Various genres for RFA I could listen to reggae music and Tanzanian Bongo music while on Radio they played Ugandan music.
@JudyEv (141210)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Oct 17
I sat on the verandah today with a book and enjoyed some warmth and sunshine after the cold miserable days we've had since we arrived home.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
That sounds good. Things will be warming up for you soon. I feel the cool Fall air on my feet as I type.
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@teamfreak16 (42460)
• Denver, Colorado
5 Oct 17
Other than riding my bike, I really don't.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
Riding your bike sounds good to me. I do that too, and generally feel at peace when doing so.
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@kepweng (19238)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
5 Oct 17
nice that the candle can float in water it magic?
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
My hunch is that the nine corks help.
@cahaya1983 (10036)
• Malaysia
5 Oct 17
Sit in the balcony and enjoy the view of nature from there. At night it's even better.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
I love sitting on my balcony and playing guitar or refinishing speakers. Especially in the evening.
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@crossbones27 (22335)
• Redlands, California
5 Oct 17
Awesome and indeed in my messed up own little way. Have to have some serenity.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
Hope you have places where you can find it.
• Eugene, Oregon
5 Oct 17
Yoga can create some serenity for me, but I don't do it often enough. I am reminded of Jerry Stiller's character on Seinfeld yelling "Serenity now."
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
Oh, I don't remember that!
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@dodoazo (22047)
• Philippines
4 Oct 17
By doing so, the raft, the lighted candles on the pool floating bring you the inner serenity because your creation works. The happiness within among you manifests that calmess. It's worry-free. Am I not correct?
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
5 Oct 17
I think the fact that we created the rafts, and bouth the candles, helped. It's empowering to know you can create beauty and calm.
@EMuhungi (1726)
• Nairobi, Kenya
4 Oct 17
That must have been a very good experience for you and your 8-year-old neighbor friend,
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
4 Oct 17
I think everyone involved had a good time. It was quite a contrast to the usual fast pace of life in the San Francisco Bay Area.