Before landing, looking at the brown, arid desert mounds that trim El Paso, my mind was still tinted with the deep, moist and cold blue of California's coast line. A part of me regretted my return to what can be perceived as a dull, anaemic, colorless landscape. It is so different from the ocean's dramatic and exciting hues that provoked me to gasp from incredulous surprise while I witnessed nature's explosive beauty. I drove back home to New Mexico grateful for night's darkness that helped me relish recent memories, already slightly fading like a dream.
The following morning, as usual, I walked to the window to greet my humble yet splendid mountains. As I stared at them, hoping to inhale some of their stillness, their silence conveyed a lesson: "Nature's palette is vast. Appreciate it all, it is all one."
So, I'm back home reflecting on the contrasts of this planet, of life, of myself - all from one palette.
I had a wonderful time on vacation. Now back to my life, my people and my blog.