Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Happiness by Moonlight

by Izzy Winterhart

I recently read an article on Discovery News that life on earth could very well have existed without a moon.  What?  No moon?  I can’t imagine life without that beautiful white orb sitting so stately up there in our sky.

As I get older, insomnia seems to have become an unwanted monster that visits more frequently than I’d like.  But, after years of these visits, I have to admit I've noticed that I seem to be more inspired in that state of insomnolence.  I have discovered that the wakefulness that consumes my world during those hours that most normal people sleep brings about some flow of creativity that washes through my mind like a raging river.  Words, vocabulary I didn’t know I possessed, lay at my feet, ready like little story soldiers waiting for their next assignment.  Visions, ideas, theories, thoughts, understandings, all captured during those few hours when my brain should be shut off.  Over these many unsettled nights I continue to tell myself to leave a journal by the bedside so I can capture all these insightful words and ideas.  But I have yet to do it.

What does this have to do with the moon?  Well, during those sleepless nights, trying so desperately not to wake my husband, I wander the house by the light of the moon.  I sit on the couch where moon beams stream from our front window and I catch them in my hands.  The moon is a welcome friend during those nights when my eyes won’t stay shut.  Sometimes I’ll just lay in bed and watch her journey through the night sky, quietly gliding through the tree tops.  Although those nights of restless sleep choke my days with bleary eyed haziness, I have to admit I’ve come to enjoy them.  I’ve given in and allowed it to be what it is.  My time with my creative self and the moon.  I’ve accepted this relationship, welcomed it in and now it makes me “happy”.

I’m now off to find that journal and put it by my bedside.  

Do any of find your inspirational happiness in unusual places?

"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, 
and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." 
~ Oscar Wilde 


SummersStudio said...

I often wake in the middle of the night and do just what you do, find comfort in the moon. I love sitting outside in the back and watching the clouds sail past. Beautiful moon inspired necklace!

Alice said...

I've been the same way for a while now, due to things such as the stress of mom passing away, loosing a nephew, my ever advancing age, and hubby snoring. But instead of getting up and making use of this whirling mass of information and ideas that build in my brain, I hop from bed to bed trying to find sleep. It seems my body does not apreciate these late night occurances.

Like you, I've often thought I should have a bedside journal, but I never get it done.

I love your necklace. It's simple,yet makes a statement.

Sabrina said...

I often drive on my old orange moped, and by driving through the city there is so much color and life. Until I am home I have bunch of new Ideas;O))

greetings from Basel

stacilouise said...

NO MOON! I can't imagine either! Love the purple- and the piece is wonderful! I love celestial themes (and yours is so well done, totally Izzy style)....they remind me of my best friend in the whole world (who also love celestial themes)! I spent many happy nights under the moon, at campfires with friends, playing capture the flag as a kid, out with my hubby walking at the shore, or nursing restless babies. The moon has seen me through many happy times!

Patty said...

Beautifully written Izzy, and what an inspired piece! Let me know how it goes with the notebook.

MaCarroll Beads said...

I love that story, Izzy. I was completely engulfed in it! That says something coming from someone with ADD.... I usually have to read through something twice since I didn't pay attention the first time! The necklace is gorgeous and I love the color too! I used to wake up in the middle of the night with creative ideas too. I seem to have passed that stage and now only wake briefly. Get that journal out while it lasts. I used to say I was going to also and never did.

mairedodd said...

there is indeed something very humbling about being in the presence of the night sky... while one gazes at the moon you become acutely aware of being grounded on earth... it is magical... there is a tradition of giving thanks on the full moon and making wishes on the new moon... it makes us more aware of the moon cycle in my house...
the necklace is lovely -

mairedodd said...

p.s. - make the journal a priority!

rosebud101 said...

great story! Happi ness is every where and that's good!

D'Arsie Manzella said...

I have just awoke to blog by moonlight. I know how you feel, the stillness of the non-waking hours is priceless.
Beautiful creation Izzy~

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